The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

The Portable Veblen

Elizabeth Mckenzie

fiction contemporary literary funny lighthearted reflective slow-paced

430 pages | first published 2016

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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for FictionFinalist for the Baileys Prize for Women's FictionAn 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 Po...
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Summary of 548 reviews


funny 75%
lighthearted 58%
reflective 41%
emotional 33%
hopeful 16%
adventurous 8%
dark 8%
informative 8%
relaxing 8%


medium 57%
slow 42%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 83% | A mix: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 88% | Yes: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 10%

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