A novel by an Australian short-story writer about what happens to people in a world of downsizing, outsourcing and privatizing. How did a university graduate - an honest, compassionate man - find himself at the age of 38 with an attractive and intelligent wife, a child, and three dollars? Three Dollars chronicles the present breach of the social contract and its effect on a home near you. It is a brilliantly deft portrait of a man attempting to retain his humanity, his family and his sense of humour in grim and pitiless times. It is about the legacy of Thatcherism and its effects on people and their relationships.