If for nothing else, A YOUNG MAN’S GUIDE TO LATE CAPITALISM will be remembered as a clear-eyed, unsentimental look at money and our complicated relationship with it. The protagonist in Peter Mountfordâ€™s debut novel is a young biracial man, Gabriel de Boya, who is on assignment for The Calloway Group, a New York hedge fund. He finds himself in La Paz in Boliviaâ€”where the novel is setâ€”on the eve of the election that would usher in Evo Morales as President.
Gabrielâ€™s assignment is to predict first the outcome of the election, and subsequently its effect on the Bolivian gas industry. Gabrielâ€™s boss in New York, the aggressive Priya Singh, would essentially like to speculate about whether Morales would nationalize the Bolivian gas industry right away, as he promised. To obtain such sensitive information, Gabriel works incognito in the city passing off as a freelance reporter on assignment.