A Man in Full

A Man in Full

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble.

A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur turned conglomerate king, whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife--and a half-empty office tower with a staggering load of debt. When star running back Fareek Fanon--the pride of one of Atlanta's grimmest slums--is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's delicate racial balance is shattered overnight. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first wives of thecorporate elite, the racially charged politics of college sports--Wolfe shows us the disparate worlds of contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most phenomenal, most admired contemporary novelist.

A Man in Full is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998
ISBN: 9780374270322
0374270325
9780553381337
Branch Call Number: F Wol

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Apr 08, 2015

I love this book-- it is among my top 10 favorites! It's a great read and is also, to boot, life-changing.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 21, 2014

None is better than Wolfe at capturing the lingo and style of contemporary America. In this long-awaited novel, he takes a satiric look at manhood and corporate power in the deep south of Atlanta, Georgia. A terrific read!

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