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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Locals Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland Massachusetts who feels opportunity passing his family by After being swindled by a financial advisor what future can Mark promise his wife Karen and their young daughter Haley He finds himself envying the wealthy weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter .
Philip Hadi used to be one of these people But in the nervous days after he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home into a year round secure location from which he can manage billions of dollars of other people s money The collision of these two men s very different worlds rural vs urban middle class vs wealthy is the engine of Jonathan Dee s powerful new novel .
Inspired by Hadi Mark looks around for a surefire investment the mid decade housing boom Over Karen s objections and teaming up with his troubled brother Gerry Mark starts buying up local property with cheap debt Then the town s first selectman dies suddenly and Hadi volunteers for office He soon begins subtly transforming Howland in his image with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family .
Here are the dramas of twenty first century America rising inequality working class decline a new authoritarianism played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels the small town i The Locals i is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time