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Human Capital by Stephen Amidon
Human Capital is set in a Connecticut suburb during the booming 1990s economy and centers around three families whose lives become inextricably entangled. Drew Hagel runs a failing real estate business he inherited from his father and he constantly strugges to have enough for the lifestyle he wants. His daughter is dating, Jamie, the son of Quint Manning, a wealthy man who runs an investment hedge fun. Drew uses this connection to insert himself into the Manning circle and then mortgages everything he has to buy into Quint's fund. Unknown to him, the hedge fun is in trouble and instead of having enough, he stands to lose it all. After his daughter moves on to a new boyfriend, Ian, who has an accident while driving Jamie's car, everyone's life begins to unravel. Stephen Amidon's novel explores territory covered many times before, but his detail of these inner lives and voices of characters we all might know has Human Capital receiving positive reviews. The London Times says, "Amidon's absorbing novel is distinguished above all by its taut, compelling plot, one hinged by intriguing moral ambiguities"