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Model Home Read-Alikes

Farm City If you enjoyed Eric Puchner’s Model Home, you might also like these funny-with-a-twist novels:


Domestic Violets
Matthew Norman
"This debut comedic novel takes on the corporate machine, the literary machine, adultery, family, and dogs with anxiety disorders…a thoroughly entertaining, light but thoughtful read." - Publishers Weekly
Little Children
Tom Perrotta
Unexpectedly suspenseful, but written with all the fluency and dark humor of Perrotta's previous novels, Little Children exposes the adult dramas unfolding amidst the swingsets and slides of an ordinary American playground. "Once again, [Perrotta] proves himself an expert at exploring the roiling psychological depths beneath the placid surface of suburbia." - Publishers Weekly
On Beauty
Zadie Smith
Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.
The Financial Lives of the Poets
Jess Walter
A funny—and painfully timely—new novel of one man's attempt to save his family from economic disaster by putting his entrepreneurial leanings toward a life of petty crime. "Walter does for the nation's bleak financial landscape what he did for 9/11 in The Zero: whip-smart satire with heart. Matt Prior quits his job as a business reporter to start, a Web site featuring poetry about finance." - Publishers Weekly