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The Millionaires

A Novel of the New South

Inman Majors (Author)


A brilliant novel of new money and old manners, crossing The Great Gatsby with the spirit of Tom Wolfe.

Meet the Cole brothers, charismatic country boys with more money than God—half moonshine and half martini. Roland, the younger, is running for governor of Tennessee, while J.T. maneuvers to bring a full-fledged world's fair to the small city of Glennville. To the dismay of the old guard, the fair succeeds, making the Coles among the most important men in the state. All that stands between them and grander ambitions is an investigation into how their bank made all that money so damn fast.Life in the fast lane has taken its toll on the Coles' families; their wives and mistresses are among the sharpest, sassiest creations of recent fiction. The quiet center of the story is Mike Teague, the Coles' advisor, who knows one of those women too well, and also where all the bodies are buried. Here is a portrait, raucous yet nuanced, of what the South has been, and what it will become.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • January 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-06802-3
  • 5 × 8 in / 480 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Moving from backroom poker games to pols’ hangouts to the governor’s office, this expansive, smoothly flowing novel offers a rich look at family dynamics and overweening ambition.” — Booklist

“Majors's depiction of a Tennessee evening is reminiscent of James Agee's hypnotic Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” — New York Times Book Review

“The best, most fully accomplished new novel I have read in perhaps three years…a kind of Southern Great Gatsby.
” — Alabama Public Radio

“Giving us profilgate bankers who borrow badly, The Millionaires is a timely work.
” — Wall Street Journal

“Entertaining and thought-provoking…It's literature, and serious readers will want to tackle it.
” — Baton Rouge Advocate

“Inman Majors has wandered into a wild territory previously wholly owned by Robert Penn Warren and established squatters' rights.” — Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and

“A knowing social novel, ruthlessly alive. Inman Majors may know everything.” — Mark Costello, author of Big If

“Majors's prose often kicks your head back in outright admiration. What a hell of a writer.” — Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury

“[A] deftly rendered look at the modern South and contemporary America... Scenes that require it burst at the seams with Majors's poetry.” — Anniston Star

“An engrossing story about ambition and integrity...Majors deserves ample applause for his storytelling and character-drawing skills.” — Raleigh News and Observer

“A sprawling, smart, fast-moving insider novel by author Inman Majors, who knows his way around politics, Tennessee Style.” — Memphis Magazine

“[A] fine example of what happens when the Old South meets the New South.” — Richmond Times Dispatch

“[A] deeply Southern tale of power and corruption.” — Birmingham Magazine

“A stirring story. ...The Millionaires reads like today's headlines, complete with a dynamic back story.” — Roanoke Times

“Like the best of books, The Millionaires grants its subjects their humanity, and leaves you pondering the imponderable.” — OpEd News

“A knowing social novel, ruthlessly alive. Inman Majors may know everything.” — Mark Costello, author of Big If

“Majors pairs a cast of likable characters with a strong setting, elements that set this novel apart.” — Library Journal

The Millionaires is a novel of the New South, that near-mythical place where a good old boy—to his astonishment—can grow money more readily than tobacco leaves.” — Charlotte Observer

The Millionaires, with its wry, sophisticated narrative voice, a voice in full control, is the best, most fully accomplished new novel I have read in perhaps three years.... It is serious business and it is very good.” — Tuscaloosa News

“[There are] flashes of absolutely brilliant prose.... This is a story of the New South, and of the politics, the financial shenanigans, and the competitive mind games that bring wealth and power to a handful of determined men. [Majors's] description of the beautiful Appalachian mountains is a plus.” — The Midwest Book Review

“Remarkable and very timely... the story of two small-town brothers who rise to dangerous big-city heights is as big and ambitious as the physical book itself.” — Bookpage

“It's the kind of book that is both entertaining and thought-provoking and there are no loose ends, no unfinished plot lines. It has a clear message and focus. It's literature, and serious readers will want to tackle it.” — The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)