Ordinary Money is about money, luck, the American dream of success — and a wooden crate of twenty dollar bills in Wayne Paschke’s garage. Wayne doesn’t know about the crate at first. It belongs to his best friend Randy Potts. The feds claim that the bills are authentic. Randy knows otherwise, but he doesn’t want to tamper with his luck.
But when members of their families discover the loot, suddenly everyone’s life changes from ordinary to extraordinary. And Wayne and Randy find themselves snared in a scheme so big and so perfect that it not only threatens to disrupt their lives, but the entire global monetary system.
Jones has a jeweler’s eye for lyric conjunctions of the ordinary and the grotesque, and he puts it to good use in this moving, funny, and disturbing meditation on the counterfeit and the real in American life. — Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate
Smart, funny, uplifting, tender, and merciless, all at once … a remarkable achievement for one novel.
— Los Angeles Times
An uproariously satirical book, the product of an opulent imagination.
— Sunday New York Times
It is not just heartening, but surprising as well, to find so generous and original a first novel. Wise and accomplished and funny, Ordinary Money presents a vision of the interconnectedness of ordinary things.
— Howard Mittelmark, Philadelphia Enquirer
Wonderful … an unfailingly entertaining experience.”
— Christopher Lehmann-Haup, New York Times