Hailed by the New York Times as an ''elegant and wonderfully witty writer,'' John Lanchester received the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Betty Trask Prize for his critically acclaimed debut, The Debt to Pleasure. In Capital, it's 2008, the height of the financial crisis, and someone is sending anonymous postcards to the affluent residents of Pepys Road, London. The cards read simply, ''We want what you have,'' leaving the recipients asking, Who's behind the strange mailings, and to what lengths will they go to get what they want?
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"In an upper-end neighborhood in London in 2008, residents share little except their smug satisfaction in the astonishing rise in their home values. Until, that is, a creepy and intrusive anonymous postcard notifies each homeowner "We Want What You Have." Colin Mace narrates the various vignettes with an easy charm and delivers delightful glimpses into the personalities in each home. Without resorting to caricature, Mace gives a steely edge to the posh housewife who spends too much money on herself and too little time on her children, and provides a dumpy, plodding patience for the middle-aged Pakistani shopkeeper. As the economy grows shaky, Mace shades the disconnected neighbors with the tensions of everyday Londoners who find themselves on unexpectedly slippery footing. N.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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