John Lanchester is the author of three novels, including the widely translated THE DEBT TO PLEASURE. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and was awarded the 2008 E.M. Forster Award. He lives in London.
In 2008, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London --- including a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid --- are receiving anonymous postcards reading “We Want What You Have.” Who is behind it? What do they want?