I highly recommend this for anyone in the mood for a contemporary novel that offers insight without preaching, and provides laughter. As you begin, you think it is a straightforward story about a disparate group of Londoners united only by the fact they all live on the same street - Pepys Road in London-- and the fact they are each receiving anonymous postcards. What sneaks up on you is the social commentary. Mr. Lanchester (an award-winning journalist and novelist) nails life in the 21st century and all its messes and glories. Each short chapter ends with a cliffhanger, often causing you to read on longer than your time, and your need for sleep, should allow. You have been warned!
Indie Next ListJune 2012
Capital begins with the households of London's Pepys Road each receiving a card that states, 'We want what you have.' Those menacing and mysterious notes are the jumping off point for Lanchester's brilliant exploration of modern London. From the financial trader in the midst of growing midlife and career crises, to the Pakistani family struggling with faith and family, to a dying woman and her street artist son, Lanchester effortlessly weaves myriad stories into brief chapters to create a written tapestry of remarkable color and depth. -- Catherine Weller, Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City, UT
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