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This is the story of a decade told through the model couple of the 1980s. The husband Russell is a pawn of corporate raiders in a levereged buy out of his own publishing house. His wife is a pregnant stockbroker whose dreams forshadow personal and economic events. This is where we are introduced to the stock market crash of 87. She is a part-time volunteer at a soup kitchen what people call her "Mother Theresa Syndrome". From there we are introduced to the facet of the Crack Epidemic via a street junkie who frequents the soup kitchen Russell's friend is a critically acclaimed junkie writer who shoots heroin and ultimately dies of AIDS, from there we learn of the AIDS epidemic. All the while a tiger of some sort is out on the loose in Manhattan. This book has a wide range. we see the spirit of the 80's in it's clearest here.
This report prepared by Brendan Xavier Darcy








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Plot & Themes

Life of a profession:    -   businessman, big Inside culture (main char)    -   Christian Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   American Northeast    -   American American If story of urban/rural...    -   Big city life Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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