Present Value : Fritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda, seem to have it all. In their mid-forties, he is a toy company executive she a million-dollar-a-year lawyer. Their kids are in private school, and they have a mansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage in Nantucket. But their world is turned upside down in a heartbeat when Fritz's company's stock tanks and he is arrested for insider trading. Linda's image-conscious firm suspends her, their houses get repossessed, and the kids go haywire. Watching their lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which they're really made. Present Value is a novel about an American family gone wrong and its attempt to reset its course. But though it has a serious idea at its root, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, whether it's skewering grasping executives, Blackberry-wielding lawyers, or overcoddled children.