Peter Wahl, author
Great Gatsby meets Wall Street during the Dot-com boom and bust. For Guy Baxter, success comes at a price too high to bear.
Biting satire dissects the myth of the American Dream in Wahl's thought-provoking novel that exposes the worm in the apple of power. Ballsy dreamer Guy Baxter creates a whirlwind with unforeseen consequences when he declares himself a company—Guy, Incorporated—and sells shares of himself on the stock market. Forced into work as a tennis pro when his stock dives, Guy is shocked when wealthy Ivan Vissar makes him a part owner of a business venture called eCOM. Ignoring his devilish employer's disreputable background, Guy discovers that he might be a pawn in a cruel game of chance. This seductive rendering of America's self-made man motif modernizes Fitzgerald's fable, crafting in Guy a likable yet naïve mirror of Gatsby. In so doing, the author utilizes an original voice and skillfully captures the numbness and amorality of a society in which elegant parties mask debasement, and honesty is crushed by a hungry bottom line.