The Portable Veblen
This is a riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning.
'The squirreliest novel I ever read. I enjoyed it completely' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Ambitious, spirited, funny, daring' Financial Times 'Man oh man, do I love this book! Audacious, imaginative and totally wonderful' Karen Joy Fowler 'A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds' Sunday Express 'Quirky and smart. If you loved Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you'll love this' Glamour 'Wildly brilliant. Razor-sharp, intimate, hilarious and profound. Every page is a delight' Emma Jane Unsworth 'Terrifically entertaining ... hard to resist' Daily Mail 'Offbeat, thoughtful, mischievous ... McKenzie [has] a pin-sharp eye for the tragic-comic, and for dialogue' Herald (Scotland) 'McKenzie has a wonderful eye - and a relishing appetite - for the craziness that is everywhere in ordinary life if you know how to look' Tessa Hadley 'Unforgettable. A wild ride that you will not want to miss' San Francisco Chronicle 'If The Portable Veblen has a flaw, it is that its caricatures are so on the nose as to make the reader hope to flee the human race' Boston Globe 'Oddball characters and plot turns abound, including talking squirrels and bureaucratic ironies worthy of "Catch-22." But a sober question occupies its core: Do our parents' best intentions do us harm?' Minneapolis Star Tribune 'Irresistible' LA Times 'Accurately and funnily capture[s] the complexities of modern families ... The Corrections meets The Wallcreeper' Huffington Post 'Totally endearing. As wise as it is squirrely' NPR 'No matter how many novels you've read, it's safe to say you've never read a novel like The Portable Veblen' Slate
Elizabeth McKenzie's work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.