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The Dream Merchant

By Fred Waitzkin

The Dream Merchant
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2013,
    304 pages.

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With similarities to The Great Gatsby, this debut novel explores the dichotomies that the relentless pursuit of money presents and reminds us that there are no easy moral judgments to be made

Fred Waitzkin (Searching for Bobby Fischer), explores the underbelly of financial ambition in his debut novel, The Dream Merchant. Jim is the consummate salesman: gracious, persevering, and persuasive. Behind this cultivated exterior and wealthy lifestyle, though, is a greedy extortionist. Jim's story is pieced together through conversations with an admiring, anonymous friend, who has decided to write Jim's biography. When the friend begins research for the biography, Jim has fallen on hard times. He has left his wife for a young Israeli woman, who keeps him captivated by sex. Jim keeps her interested by telling stories from his younger days when he was a millionaire salesman and a gold mine operator in Brazil. The anonymous writer watches Jim "sell" to Mara his ability to make money from nothing. As he speaks, he creates dreams for her that keep her from focusing on the tattered ...

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