Fiction. Largely set in Boston, Fanny Howe's ECONOMICS examines with an unwavering eye the necessary errors of the 1960s liberalism and consequences of cold war politics. A white liberal couple adopts a black child with troubling results; two old friends from the Kennedy campaign meet years later to discover how different their lives have become; a separated working-class couple drives to the Cape in order to collect the prize from an instant lotto game. In each story, love is eroded by class expectations and financial pressures, by racial tensions and ideological hypocrisies. As a result ECONOMICS offers a raw portrait of the last three decades that is at once comic and devastating.
Fanny Howe is the author of more than thirty works fo poetry and prose, including THE WAGES (Grid Books, 2020), NIGHT PHILOSOPHY (Divided Publishing Ltd, 2020), WHAT DID I DO WRONG (Flood Editions, 2009), and THE LIVES OF SPIRIT GLASSTOWN (Nightboat Books, 2005). Howe received the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement. Author City: West Tisbury, MA USA