"Although negatives abound in this novel, few things are as
compelling to read as a send-up of something perceived as pompous,
officious, and petty. For example, an organization. Let's say a library
organization. The made-up National Association of Libraries has a
headquarters populated by the dregs of "nerddom": from corrupt
and sexually questionable bosses and boring self-important coworkers to
Addie, our narrator, a self-absorbed, hypochondriacal, retro-snob copy
editor. Beneath, in terms of building arrangement at least, is the
tech-support department with our unlikely hero, Fat Bald Jeff. His
skills as a computer tech are legion, but encouraged by Addie's tiny
foray into bad behavior, he becomes a saboteur without equal. Will the
two of them succeed in deflating the overinflated? Will Addie find love?
Will Jeff get a raise? Will she get the stain out of her silk blouse?
Although as subtle as a sledgehammer, this is a fun, harmless, and quick
read. Don't look for inspiration, just amusement."
"A wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the
machine...with a contagious vibrancy... A hilarious send-up of hippies
"An antically satirical and quite smart sendup of the workplace...a
lot of freshly imagined fun...the lumpen will love it."
--San Francisco Chronicle
pockets of your heart watching this bereft waif find a little happiness
"Amusing... caustic... entertaining... read on company time!"
Addie Prewitt is a copy
editor for the National Association of Libraries. When her boss, the
repulsive Coddles, heaps another new project on her department -- with
no additional remuneration naturally -- she decides she's had enough.
She spends her days battling with her roommate, Val Wayne Newton, about
whether Black Sabbath or Neil Diamond will occupy the turntable and her
nights beating her overeager suitor, Martin Lemming, away from the door
of her boudoir. When she discovers a piece of vile pornography in
Coddles's dry cleaning, she has the means to retaliate. Meanwhile, Fat
Bald Jeff, the tech-support guy who has to cope with her mechanical
self-sabotage, turns out to be even more disaffected than she, and they
hatch the ultimate plan to give the pigs some of their own medicine.
With a surreal wit and a keen eye that bring to mind Lily Tomlin set
loose in Dilbert-world, Fat Bald Jeff is a sharp satire and a paean to
the petty humiliations of workers everywhere.
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