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“With dry British wit, [Ayres] skewers American greed, L.A. life, and his own endless romantic foibles . . . Somehow, Ayres knew the fall was coming and kept going anyway. So did we.” Time
Death by Leisure
A Cautionary Tale
978-0-8021-4365-5 • $14.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2010
Humor (Popular Culture)
The intrepid young author of War Reporting for Cowards (“Hilarious” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) returns from his stint as a war correspondent only to dive headfirst into another absurd, terrifying world: the American leisure economy.
Published to rave reviews and now available in paperback, Death by Leisure is the incisive, irreverent, and savagely funny story of British journalist Chris Ayres’s attempt to infiltrate the American leisure class (and find true love) in the credit-fueled years before the economic collapse. When the bubble bursts, however, Ayres must learn to live without the billionaire balls, supermodel girlfriends, foie gras pina coladas, and caviar facials to which he’s grown accustomed. Just like the rest of us, alas.