Simon Likes

With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to reread some of your favourite books. We asked our charming staff at Simon & Schuster Canada to share some of their top picks with you. Next up, Manager of Creative Services Paul suggests Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo.

I like my novels ice-cold. Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis fits the bill. This is the story of Eric Packer, a young, ultra-rich trader taking a day-long crosstown trip in his stretch limo. Stuck in hellish traffic, watching Manhattan from behind dark glass, his fortune evaporating as the trading day goes sour, he is visited by clients, friends, mistresses and doctors. Ghosts of the past, present and future.

Written in 2003, taking place just before 9/11—and, come to think of it, before the economic collapse and Occupy Wall Street—this is DeLillo doing at his dread-filled, end-of-days thing. Which I love.

It’s a good time to read Cosmopolis. David Cronenberg’s film version debuts at Cannes this spring. With Robert Pattinson as Eric, and the likes of Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, and Paul Giamatti showing up in the limo.

Read an excerpt from the book.