In an effort to do good, to get Fiona’s attention,

Ben threw himself into work, and it became all about

the money, making enough to impress her and then enough

to protect himself, and just taking it in, making money

from money.  There was so much money out there, money

that could be his for just having an opinion, a

point of view, making a good guess.  It was the

game of money, the fun of money, it was addictive,

and he kept winning.  He’d tell himself that he’d won

two million dollars, he’d won a big bonus, he’d won

the admiration of those around him who took it seriously.


Paraphrases from the novel This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes.