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You Don't Have To Live Like This

(2015)
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Awards
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book
A frighteningly prescient novel of today's America - one man's story of a racially charged real estate experiment in Detroit, Michigan.

"You get in the habit of living a certain kind of life, you keep going in a certain direction, but most of the pressure on you is just momentum. As soon as you stop the momentum goes away. It's easier than people think to walk out on things, I mean things like cities, leases, relationships and jobs."

Greg Marnier, Marny to his friends, leaves a job he doesn't much like and moves to Detroit, Michigan in 2009, where an old friend has a big idea about real estate and the revitalization of a once great American city. Once there, he gets involved in a fist-fight between two of his friends, a racially charged trial, an act of vigilante justice, a love affair with a local high school teacher, and a game of three-on-three basketball with the President - not to mention the money-soaked real estate project itself, cut out of 600 acres of emaciated Detroit. Marny's billionaire buddy from Yale, Robert James, calls his project "the Groupon model for gentrification," others call it "New Jamestown," and Marny calls it home - until Robert James asks him to leave. This is the story of what went wrong.

You Don't Have to Live Like This is the breakout novel from the "fabulously real" (Guardian) voice of the only American included in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Using the framework of our present reality, Benjamin Markovits blurs the line between the fictional and the fact-based, and captures an invisible current threaded throughout American politics, economics, and society that is waiting to explode.

 
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Used availability for Benjamin Markovits's You Don't Have To Live Like This


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Hardback Editions

July 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: You Don't Have to Live Like This: A Novel
Author(s): Benjamin Markovits
ISBN: 0-06-237660-8 / 978-0-06-237660-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: You Don't Have To Live Like This
Author(s): Benjamin Markovits
ISBN: 0-571-31342-6 / 978-0-571-31342-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: You Don't Have to Live Like This: A Novel
Author(s): Benjamin Markovits
ISBN: 0-06-237661-6 / 978-0-06-237661-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: You Don't Have To Live Like This
Author(s): Benjamin Markovits
ISBN: 0-571-31340-X / 978-0-571-31340-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: You Don't Have to Live Like This: A Novel
Author(s): Benjamin Markovits
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: You Don't Have To Live Like This
Author(s): Benjamin Markovits
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


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