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The squirrel on the cover is one of the main characters of Elizabeth McKenzie’s novel, The Portable Veblen. And yes, it does have a lot of influence on the life of Veblen Amundsen-Hovda. Veblen, named after the illustrious economist Thorstein Veblen, has left behind the memories of her confused childhood. She now talks to squirrels and smiles at sunshine. Her fiancé Paul, is looking forward to their upcoming wedding, but starts having doubts when he comes across her quirks and more so, when he meets her mother. And to top it all up, the squirrel disapproves of Paul, and Veblen seems to understand that.
Today, when the books we read go deeper than the written word, this light-hearted love story is just what one may want, to unwind after a long day at work.Quick paced, cute, warm and fuzzy, the book is bound to make you laugh at the totally lame, but common idiosyncrasies of the main characters. The novel reminded me of The Rosie Project, another light-hearted romance that brought out the simplicity of love. And yes!!!! The squirrel very sweetly brings to light the issues that many of us ignore.
A funny and entertaining read!!!