By Helen DeWitt, published by New Directions, 2011.
"...funny, filthy...its true brilliance lies in DeWitt’s careful deployment of language..." - New York Times
Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat 126 pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet for his frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brainstorm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top — and to the very heart of corporate insanity — with an outrageous solution to the spectre of sexual harassment in the modern office.
I've just started Why Women Read Fiction
, by Helen Taylor (Oxford University Press, 2019), but it's already intriguing and validating. ...
She writes about historic attitudes toward women's reading fiction, including the fear that literature would cause "excitement, indulgence, the problem of women negelecting their duties." On top of those horrors, fiction was considered corrupting for women, "'literary opium,'" which actually sounds like a good thing.
The fourth book in T. Jefferson Parker's P.I. Roland Ford series,
Then She Vanished
, was fun, fun, fun—and oh so familiar so many ways.
It's scheduled for release on 11 August, 2020, by G.P. Putnam's Sons.