The Millionairesby Inman Majors
Meet the Cole brothers, charismatic country boys with more money than Godhalf moonshine and half martini. Roland, the younger, is running for governor of Tennessee, while J.T. maneuvers to bring a full-fledged world's fair to the small city of Glennville.
A brilliant novel of new money and old manners, crossing The Great Gatsby with the spirit of Tom Wolfe.
Meet the Cole brothers, charismatic country boys with more money than Godhalf moonshine and half martini. Roland, the younger, is running for governor of Tennessee, while J.T. maneuvers to bring a full-fledged world's fair to the small city of Glennville. To the dismay of the old guard, the fair succeeds, making the Coles among the most important men in the state. All that stands between them and grander ambitions is an investigation into how their bank made all that money so damn fast.Life in the fast lane has taken its toll on the Coles' families; their wives and mistresses are among the sharpest, sassiest creations of recent fiction. The quiet center of the story is Mike Teague, the Coles' advisor, who knows one of those women too well, and also where all the bodies are buried. Here is a portrait, raucous yet nuanced, of what the South has been, and what it will become.
The New York Times
In Majors's (Wonderdog) bloated, frenetic third novel, two young East Tennessee brothers born into extreme wealth struggle to keep their secrets under wraps. J.T. Cole, a fast-driving banker, wants to put Glennville, Tenn., on the map by having the city host a world expo, while his younger and more sophisticated banker brother, Roland, has his heart set on running for the coveted governorship. A successful fairground event nets the brothers some serious cash, much to the chagrin of investigators keeping a close eye on the bankers' shady loan practices. For the duration of the novel, both men are consistently unlikable, cheating on their sassy, perceptive, fedup wives and pushing their weight around their respective territories. By the time J.T.'s wife, Corrine, rightfully throws him out, federal agents descend on the thieving bankers, and a plane disaster shakes everyone up, readers will be too exhausted to care. This sprawling effort is a jumble of excessive exposition and sentence fragments that could have been a lively, spirited tale of greed corrupting absolutely. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Meet the Cole brothers: J.T. and Roland were born in the backwoods of Tennessee but are now wealthy bankers looking to make their marks on the world. Roland, the younger, is running for governor. J.T. wants to build an exposition in the small city of Glennville that will rival any world's fair. Both are facing opposition from old money types who resent these flashy upstarts trying to buy their way into the good-old-boy network. Unfortunately, some of their success is threatened by pesky investigators who want to know how their bank got so much money so quickly. Mike Teague, a political consultant who works for the Coles, finds himself in the middle of a legal and ethical nightmare that forces him to choose between his own conscience and his future. Majors (Wonderdog; Swimming in Sky) pairs a cast of likable characters with a strong setting, elements that set this novel apart despite its serviceable plot that brings these charming and intriguing men to a predictable end. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/1/08.]
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Meet the Author
Inman Majors teaches fiction writing at James Madison University. He is the author of Wonderdog, Swimming in Sky, and The Millionaires. He lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.
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I just finished reading an advanced reading copy of this brilliant
new novel. It is a captivating mixture of All the King's Men and The Great
Gatsby with a southern flair. The novel explores man's most
dangerous enemies--greed and ambition--while offering a look at the
changing south in all its complexities. The Teague character is
especially fascinating in how real he is-- not all virtuous, not
entirely corrupt. This is a must read and will be one of the best
novels released in 2009.
I question whether the Publishers Weekly reviewer above even read
the book. The first sentence of the review refers to the Cole
brothers as being "born into extreme wealth," when in reality they
are country boys, born on a farm in the rural south, who eventually build a banking and political empire. Hard to make mistakes like that and remain
credible. I encourage all to read this revealing tale.
This book was highly annoying. The writer's style made the story (hackneyed) difficult to follow. It was written in a manner that suggests the author already had the screen play in mind when he wrote the novel. As a book lover and JMU graduate, I was disappointed.