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The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Sherman McCoy is a Wall Street man with an annual salary close to a million dollars, a wife and a mistress. His luxury life comes apart after an accident that leaves a young black man in a coma. A scathing social commentary, the book attacks snobberies, arrogance, greed and ambitions using wit, audacity and ridicule as weapons.
Tom Wolfe was born in Virginia.

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The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe