An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values by a brilliant "New Yorker" contributor. "The Portable Veblen" is a dazzlingly original novel that's as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and with the specter of our current wars looming across its pages, "The Portable Veblen" is an unforgettable look at the way we live now. A young couple on the brink of marriage the charming Veblen and her fiance Paul, a brilliant neurologist find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tete-a-tete with a very charismatic squirrel.