A Man in Full Author:Tom Wolfe A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era- and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most ourrageous and alive. Now the master is back with a pitch-perfect coast-to-coast portrait of our wild and woolly, no-holds-barred, multifarious country on the cusp of the millennium. — The setting is Atlanta... more », Georgia-a racially mixed, late century boontown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. the protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a lat-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 29,000 acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife-and a half-empty office complex with a staggering load of debt. Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oaklnad and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal systm. And back in Atlanta, when star Georiga Tech running back Fareek "the Cannon" Fanon, a homegrown product of the city's slums, is accused of date raping the daughter of a pillarof the white establishment, upscale balck lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep he city's delicate racial balance from blowing sky-high.
Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real estate syndicates- Wolfe shows us contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most admired novelist. Charlie Croker's deliverane from his tribulations provides an unforgettable denouement to the most widely awaited, hilarious and telling novel American has seen in ages- Tome Wolfe's mst outstanding achievement to date.« less