The Contrarians: A Novel

By Gary Sernovitz

Chris Kelch is likely one of the emerging stars on the downtown enterprise of Freshler Feld. At simply twenty-eight, he is a best fairness study analyst; final 12 months, he pulled down approximately part 1000000 money. His female friend additionally occurs to be gorgeous and supportive. Kelch's smalltown, single-parent, Midwestern roots appear a ways at the back of, till a thinly veiled profile of Kelch runs in a well-liked journal and issues start to collapse. not just does the piece demonstrate corporation secrets and techniques and forged Freshler Feld in a foul mild, it additionally makes Kelch consider like a naif, for it unearths way more approximately his conflicted emotions approximately his earlier and his task than he has admitted even to himself. With suspense and elegance, The Contrarians not just creates essentially the most memorable "ordinary men" in contemporary American fiction, it additionally examines, as no novel has performed ahead of, the rise--and the seeds of the fall--of late-nineties Wall Street.

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As the global is altering, and we’re going to take over quickly and make a brand new type of enterprise the place there’s no longer all this damned politics, the place should you stroll the stroll, you could speak the debate, and for those who play, they pay, and the place valueless previous skeletons from 1975 with their out-of-date perspectives should not, not likely to boss us round anymore. learn the rattling papers: there’s a revolution in the market, and you’re going to get hanged. Kelch’s tooth damage, within out, as though the tooth have been nerve endings, and his lips have been ice. His the teeth walled in his strategies, yet one be aware breached them: kill. You pay attention that? Are you hearing me? I’m going to head in there and kill your rocking ass. you must understand why? simply because, simply because, simply because it’s now not reasonable. You carry us into this good-for-nothing company and throw a number of measly funds at us like we’re goddamned animals who will do whatever for a greenback after which whilst anything so silly it doesn’t even make a distinction to whatever occurs, a number of half-truths and simply crap, you simply stay up for that to occur so you might hearth us. after which you could substitute us with pricks popping out of a few loser MBA software who will paintings one thousand hours every week for one twenty-five simply because they’re idiots, who can’t even inform a P/E from-from-from the opening of their ass. (Kelch nodded vigorously as he jumped with a horse’s dependent line over a possible stumble. ) good, I acquired a shock for you. for those who imagine I’m expendable, good, fuck you, simply attempt to substitute me. I don’t see loads of different men my age at quantity five—so move forward and take a look at to fulfill your silly funds or no matter what you’re attempting to do—fine by way of me—but there’ll be a bit surprise anticipating you while the polls pop out and I’m #1 for another company. And recognize what else I’m going to do? I’m going to sue your ass for unfair dismissal. How may that glance at the entrance web page of the magazine? Your blood brother Teppner would actually have anything to name “high comedy. ” None of this has something to do with me. for those who had simply obvious that, you will were secure. yet you’re now not secure anymore. If I’m taking place, I’m taking this complete enterprise with me. alright, Paul, let’s get it on. The headset had stumbled on its method onto Kelch, and he adjusted the microphone and grew to become to dial, yet he couldn’t bear in mind Paul’s number—he didn’t recognize the number—he had by no means referred to as him. He stared forward, emptied, as those evidence plexus-pinched him one after the subsequent, and with either palms he swatted off the headset, which crashed into the visual display unit. The video display yawned. Kelch picked up the headset and threw it awkwardly, rudely opposed to the visual display unit, however the flat reveal back didn’t blink. The closed-market fees rested deeply, convinced and precise, their snores making a song their infallibility: the industry was once regularly correct. The throw had ricocheted off the video display, and the headset had landed, draped, over Kelch’s arm. He grabbed the whip deal with of the wire and lashed the headset opposed to the display screen, repeatedly, his arm hammering a last nail, his brain crammed basically with sensations—colors—with rage, with hate, with swelling inadequacy: the headset and computer screen, afragrant conspirators, plugged sisters, hugged whenever they met.

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