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Barry Cohen: Sec Investigation and Fund Manager

barry cohen: When the novel opens, a battered and drunken hedge fund manager named Barry Cohen is in the Port Authority bus terminal, fleeing his crumbling marriage, autistic child and a looming SEC investigation, according to The Chronicle Herald. Just hours before, at a dinner party with a couple who lives in his fancy Manhattan apartment building, Barry's wife, Seema, accused him of having no imagination, which wounded him to the core. It's possible but not likely, and part of the goofy, rambunctious charm of Gary Shteyngart's latest novel, Lake Success, is that he makes you believe in such a character and even to root for him on his quixotic cross-country bus journey of repentance and self-discovery. Hadn't he secretly aspired to be a writer at Princeton Named his hedge fund This Side of Capital after F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel Even thought of using material from this very bus trip to pen a thoughtful, middle-aged update to On the Road Awash in nostalgia, Barry buys a bus ticket to Richmond, Virginia, to visit the parents of his college girlfriend, Layla, whom he now regrets not marrying. Soon he'll get rid of his credit cards, all to prove he could still be out in the world solving his own problems. He throws away his cellphone. ( As reported in the news.