Sinclair Lewisâ€™s Nobel Prizeâ€“winning satire of the American middle class
Zenith is like many American cities in the wake of the First World War: midsize, industrial, booming with opportunities for enterprising capitalists. But Zenith is unique as a middling metropolis; within its wandering streets walks one George Babbitt, world-class realtor, American dreamer, social climber, and civic booster.
But unexpectedly, dark clouds appear on Babbittâ€™s horizon: his best friend, a convicted murderer? His eldest daughter, a wretched socialist? Coddled by the trappings of his professional and personal success, how can Babbitt become stricken with loneliness, dissatisfaction, and frustration?
First published in 1922, Lewis Sinclairâ€™s contentious bestselling satire of middle-class America is more relevant than ever.
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