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Prospect recommends: Union Atlantic

By William Skidelsky  

Adam Haslett pulls off credit crunch fiction with aplomb

 

Adam Haslett pulls off credit crunch fiction with aplomb

Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett (Tuskar Rock, £12.99)

Credit crunch fiction is a genre that hasn’t quite taken off—unsurprisingly, perhaps, given the arcane nature of modern finance. In this impressive debut novel, Adam Haslett boldly imagines an earlier moment of banking instability. The year is 2002 and Doug Fanning, a navy veteran in his late thirties, is in charge of “Special Plans” at Union Atlantic, one of America’s leading banks. Doug’s success is based on pursuing quasi-legal strategies made possible by the…

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