At once humorous and dramatic, Three Dollars is about Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself, at the age of 38, with a wife, a child and three dollars. How did he get that way? And who is Amanda? He cared about people; he was, Amanda notwithstanding, a good husband, father and son. At any other time the world would have smiled on him. But this was the nineties and the world valued other things. Three Dollars chronicles the present breach of the social contract and its effect on a home near you. It is a brilliantly deft portrait of a man attempting to retain his humanity, his family and his sense of humour in grim and pitiless times: times of downsizing, outsourcing and privatising. It is about the legacy of Thatcherism and its effects on people and their relationships.
‘Remarkably well written... funny, moving, and constantly surprising... It is impossible not to care what happens to Eddie, Tanya his wife, and Abby, their adorable daughter... Perlman is echoing Auden’s cry, “We must love one another or die.”’ --TIME OUT UK ‘Perlman moves deftly from the personal to the political, from intellectual debate to near farce to edgy tenderness. His novel gradually builds into a study of a whole generation, a sad, angry, disconcertingly funny reflection of the way we live now.’ - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT ‘Constructed like a catchy pop song... a quirky cautionary tale that feels like a wake-up call...’ - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW ‘Few novels ever dare to fuse emotional and economic life with the passionate intelligence of this one.’ - INDEPENDENT ‘A brilliant fictional commentary on the human consequences of economic rationalism. Verdict: Encore! Bravo! More please!’ - SUNDAY HERALD SUN
Elliot Perlman is the author of the award-winning novel Three Dollars, The Reasons I Won't Be Coming (a collection of award-winning stories), and the novel Seven Types of Ambiguity.