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As I finished reading Andrew Ross Sorkin's masterful reportorial account of the financial crisis, "Too Big to Fail," I came across a small news article in the NYT which mentioned "Union Atlantic" as one of several fictional accounts then being written. As soon as "Union Atlantic" was published, I downloaded the audio version. I was disappointed. "Union Atlantic" has a fairly attractive plot line (Union Atlantic is the name of a bank that fails), but Haslett is not a very good writer. The main story frequently diverts into sideshows, which do not aid the narrative, such as a homosexual relationship, the shooting death of a brother of a pivotal character, and two dogs who talk. The several main characters were interesting enough and the plot itself had enough momentum that I finished the book, but I was relieved that it was over. While this is not a particularly bad book, it isn't very good either, and I was disappointed that I didn't wait longer for a better "financial crisis" novel to come along, as it surely will. The reader was quite good.
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I read Haslett's short stories several years ago and was happy to find his first novel -- it did not disappoint. Haslett is a beautiful writer and this is a wonderful production..