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When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the Statesunder mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, taking 'Roman' names, and move into a grand mansionin downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration ofBarack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right,quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society.The story of the Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of abeautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work.Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins thestory of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hittingevery beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, Gamergate and identity politics, the backlash against political correctness,the ascendency of the superhero movie, and, of course, the insurgenceof a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearingmake-up and with coloured hair.In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie has written the ultimate novel about identity, truth, terror and lies. Abrilliant, heartbreaking realist novel that is not only uncannilyprescient but shows one of the world's greatest storytellers workingat the height of his powers.