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Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett
In Union Atlantic, Doug Fanning has caused tragedy to happen to others, but he has always benefited from the situation. He's had success as a bank officer with Union Atlantic, using nefarious and risky methods that line his own pockets at the expense of the bank's depositors. He wants to use his ill-gotten gains to build a mansion, even as the bank begins to struggle. His new neighbor, Charlotte Graves, a teacher forced into retirement because of her liberal activism, fights him in court, claiming he's built on land her grandfather donated to the town. Charlotte's mental state is an issue, as she claims her dogs speak to her in the voices of Cotton Mather and Malcolm X. Charlotte's brother, Henry, is the president of the New York Federal Reserve who must keep tabs on Union Atlantic. Adam Haslett's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "It's a profound, strikingly intelligent story about the cost of living in a world in which real values have been supplanted by a fiat currency of self-interest and empty promises."