The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
Elanora library staff pick – submitted by staff member.
If you like a quirky story then this novel may be for you. The modern day protagonist
Veblen, named after the Norwegian economist and sharing his sentiment of anti-
consumerism, is a delightful character. I’ve very much enjoyed being inside her head.
The narrative follows her relationship with finance Paul, a neurologist whose
invention has led him to work for the Department of Defence. Add to this their
dysfunctional families and a clever squirrel and you have the ingredients for a story that is
both laugh-out- loud funny and sad, lighthearted and insightful.
An enjoyable, refreshing read. The appendices are a must for a final giggle.