Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen

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Half screwball romantic comedy and half critique of the conspicuous consumption of the leisure class, The Portable Veblen (Penguin Press) features a heroine named after the depressive American economist Thorstein Veblen and a cast that includes advice-giving squirrels. Yes, you read that correctly. Elizabeth McKenzie talks about how, with such whimsical elements, she managed to write a deeply melancholic book. She also tells us why she decided to give this charming and alarming mixture a happy ending.

Read an excerpt from The Portable Veblen.

Photo: © Linda Ozaki