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The Resource The portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie

The portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie

Label
The portable Veblen
Title
The portable Veblen
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth McKenzie
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A young couple on the brink of marriage--the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist--find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. Veblen (named after the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term "conspicuous consumption") is one of the most refreshing heroines in recent fiction. Not quite liberated from the burdens of her hypochondriac, narcissistic mother and her institutionalized father, Veblen is an amateur translator and "freelance self"; in other words, she's adrift. Meanwhile, Paul--the product of good hippies who were bad parents--finds his ambition soaring. His medical research has led to the development of a device to help minimize battlefield brain trauma--an invention that gets him swept up in a high-stakes deal with the Department of Defense, a Bizarro World that McKenzie satirizes with granular specificity"--
Summary
An aimless amateur translator struggling under the thumb of an oppressive parent and an ambitious medical researcher from a hippie family endure tests to their bond and question their priorities as their wedding approaches
Tone
Writing style
Character
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10448584
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McKenzie, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3613.C556
LC item number
P67 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women translators
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Betrothal
  • Squirrels
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Medical instruments and apparatus
  • Palo Alto (Calif.)
  • California
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Humorous
  • FICTION / Contemporary Women
Target audience
adult
Label
The portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20468644
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
430 pages
Isbn
9781594206856
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015043056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn908176081
Label
The portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20468644
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
430 pages
Isbn
9781594206856
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015043056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn908176081

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