A NovelBook - 2010
Computer programmer Karim Issar moves from Qatar to Manhattan to help the company he works for prepare for Y2K, and when he creates a program that predicts oil futures, it improves his job prospects but raises moral problems.
“Teddy Wayne has written a brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I’ve come across in a long time.”
— Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara
“An innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author’s great comic intelligence and wit.”
— Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place, Hell: A Novel, and Versailles
With a fresh and singular voice, Teddy Wayne marks his literary debut with the story of one 26 year old Middle Eastern man’s attempt to live the American Dream in New York City. Like the award-winning Netherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Kapitoil provides an absorbing look into American culture and New York finance from an outsider’s perspective.
Story of a young mathematician from Qatar who goes to New York and creates a computer program that predicts oil futures and reaps record profits for his company.