The Subprimes

The Subprimes

A wickedly funny dystopian parody set in a financially apocalyptic future America, from the critically acclaimed author of Triburbia.

In a future America that feels increasingly familiar, you are your credit score. Extreme wealth inequality has created a class of have-nothings: Subprimes. Their bad credit ratings make them unemployable. Jobless and without assets, they’ve walked out on mortgages, been foreclosed upon, or can no longer afford a fixed address. Fugitives… (more)

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Editorial reviews (5 reviews)


In the end, the book’s wickedly satirical tone morphs, becoming melancholic with hope, and almost poetic, which means that “The Subprimes” doesn’t just amuse — it haunts.

Greenfeld has created a dark, funhouse mirror reflection of our current world... We may not be living in the world of THE SUBPRIMES just yet, but Greenfeld’s novel is a pointed warning that such a future may not be all that far off.

Eventually, pastiche and parody, hero and villain, and first and third person collide in a kind of narrative and stylistic slurry that lies somewhere between bewitching and bewildering.


Book Details  


Publisher: Harper (May 12, 2015)

Language: English


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