A fast-moving novel that portrays the economic inequality of contemporary São Paolo with narrative verve and human sympathy. Moving from the city's slums to its penthouses and back again, James Scudamore engages moral themes without ever separating them from beating hearts. One reviewer called this book Dickensian, and it delivers on nearly all the great expectations the comparison inspires.

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