Extremely good answer, better than all the 19th century lit as it actually portrays america as it is now. The Human Stain isn't as good a book but it does a good job as well. I don't think a great novel of the millennial generation and the recession has been written yet.
>"He was therefore, feasted and invited to all the court parties. At these he sometimes met the old Duchess of Bourbon, who, being a chess player of about his force, they very generally played together. Happening once to put her king into prize, the Doctor took it. 'Ah,' says she, 'we do not take kings so.' 'We do in America,' said the Doctor."