SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream?
Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation?
Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century?
And what in the world is a ‘Veblen’ anyway?
‘Raw and weird and hilarious’ Guardian
‘A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds’ Sunday Express
‘Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius’ Paul Murray
‘I can’t remember a book I enjoyed more’ Nina Stibbe
‘Seriously funny and extraordinarily well written’ Jonathan Franzen, Guardian books of the year
‘The Portable Veblen is the squirreliest novel I ever read. I enjoyed it completely’ Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness
‘A deeply observed universe where heroines are named for economists and the high stakes of capitalism are set to collide with the chatter of small wild animals. Both humorous and wrenching’ Samantha Hunt, author of The Invention of Everything Else and Mr. Splitfoot