Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.
Today, Greg Olear is reading an excerpt from his latest book Dirty Rubles. Greg is the founding editor of The Weeklings and the author of the novels TOTALLY KILLER and FATHERMUCKER, an bestseller. He has been researching and writing about Trump/Russia since November of 2016. He lives with his family in New York.
What the book is about:
I know we like to build a wall between fiction and politics, as the former provides needed solace from the latter, especially in these harrowing times. The Next Best Book is almost always a novel, right? But what’s happening now, alas, is that the president and his minions have taken over the manufacturing of fiction. And it takes a novelist, ironically, to tell what’s really going on.
DIRTY RUBLES is not a book about politics. It’s a primer on the greatest scandal in the history of this great country—how a loose cabal of mobbed-up grifters and reality-show con-men joined forces with an enemy state to swing the election. Which, indeed, sounds like a novel. A Russian novel, even. But it’s all true.
If you didn’t care about this kind of thing before, after Helsinki, you kind of have to. We are a nation in crisis, and my book explains how we got there—clearly and succinctly. Escaping to the world of fiction is a luxury we all long to return to, but until Trump is excised, it is our moral obligation to stay woke.
Listen to Greg read an excerpt from Dirty Rubles here: