I would choose to live in the middle part of Martin Dressler: The Tale of the American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
A self-starting man rises from an assistant in his father’s cigar shop to the uppermost stratosphere of wealth. The rise doesn’t come without a cost, though. Steven Millhauser makes a point to illustrate the kinds of sacrifices required to be a billionaire in America: love, family, sanity.
I really enjoyed the imagination of this book. Reading every page reminded me of the things I would do if there were no restrictions on me. Here’s my Goodreads review:
The title has it right: it’s the perfect book for a dreamer. Think Tim Burton’s Big Fish crossing with an Andrew Carnegie biography and you got a very accurate description of what’s in store if you read this book.
Surprising, funny, sweet, and an interesting look at the life of a self-made man. I couldn’t put it down. And I’m just waiting for Tim Burton to make this into a movie.
Update: A day after answering, I might have already changed my mind. I’d love to live in the world of Jess Walters’s book Beautiful Ruins.