Book Review – The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie…

Meet Veblen: a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her name-sake, the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen. She’s an experienced cheerer-upper (mainly of her narcissistic, hypochondriac, controlling mother), an amateur translator of Norwegian, and a firm believer in the distinct possibility that the plucky grey squirrel following her around can understand more than it lets on. Meet her fiancé, Paul: the son of good hippies who were bad parents, a no-nonsense, high-flying neuroscientist with no time for squirrels. His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame and fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence. 

What could possibly go wrong?

I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Veblen, the female protagonist of this story is quirky and that seems to rub off on the whole story. It does become a little confusing at times, but that is part of the appeal of the book.

A three out of five star read.

I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and HarperCollins for my copy.

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