Not So Fast

Gentrification on the block, a showman in the White House, ethics gone. Coming of age in the 1980s.

Its narrator travels from suburban New Jersey – whose housing developments and shopping malls provide cover for medical scams, divorces and abortions – to film-biz-saturated Los Angeles, harbouring Afghan freedom fighters and damaged survivors of Hollywood’s entertainment-making machine. Back east in rapidly gentrifying New York City, he comes across art snobs, literary luminaries, Wall Street gamblers and real estate players, all making the most of trickle-down economics. A foray into France puts him in touch with Eastern religion, an early wave of terrorism and the burgeoning right-wing movement that is its corollary. 

At the novel's centre are interlocking romantic triangles whose participants are looking for anything but what they already have.

About the author

Mark Kamine has written for the TLS, The Wall Street Journal, The Believer and The New York Times Book Review. He works in the film business, where he has been an executive or co-producer on 21 Bridges, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and other movies.

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Why We Like It

  • Mark Kamine is known for his work as a producer on Brad's Status (2017), Bad Moms (2016) and American Hustle (2013)
  • With gentrification being such a common and controversial topic in politics and urban planning, the concept has never been more relevant.
  • A picaresque novel which will take you on a physical and emotional journey

Mark Kamine has written for the Times Literary SupplementThe Wall Street Journal, The Believer and The New York Times Book Review. The River in the Living Room, a chapbook of his stories illustrated by James Pyman, was published in an artist/writer series that included books by Rachel Kushner, Lynne Tillman and Christopher Sorrentino. He works in the film business, where he has been an executive producer on Brad’s Status, Bad Moms, and God’s Pocket, and a co-producer on American HustleSilver Linings Playbook and Ted.

 "Photograph © Peter Wegner (detail from BUILDINGS MADE OF SKY XI). Courtesy Peter Wegner and Galerie m, Bochum Germany."

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