The Twenty-Dollar Bill is listed as a novel, but I didn't really see it as a novel. It is more of a collection of very short stories, laced together by one twenty-dollar bill as it passes from hand to hand. I would call these "slice of life" stories, as we drop in on these individuals in the middle of their lives, going about their business, and we are able to glimpse just a brief slice of their life before they pass the twenty on to the next person and we jump to that person's story. The book was well written, and each story felt real, and true. It illustrates the struggles we all experience in our lives as individuals, and the fact that we are all connected in so many ways to each other. I will never look at money the same again. After reading the book I took a bill out and held it and wondered at the lives it had passed through, and the struggles and triumphs of the people who had held it before me and those that would hold it after I passed it on. It also struck me that money is just energy being passed along. It has no inherent value except by collective agreement, and yet just by appearing in all these character's lives it allowed them to gain something before passing it on. Really an amazing concept for a book. It's an easy, fast read, and will lever you thinking about it for quite some time.