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ISBN13: 9780312352196
ISBN10: 0312352190
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The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist. When one of the women is murdered, and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care enough to act like he didn't do it, the question becomes just how he'll clear the good name he never had and doesn't particularly want: his own.

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"Neilan spins many sparkling comic riffs on the tawdriness and sterility of American life." Booklist

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"[J]uvenile fun for undiscerning lads with two hours to kill." Booklist

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"If you can hang with Neilan's taste in rude jokes and non sequiturs, there's lots to like." Kirkus Reviews

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"Neilan's wit is a razor that cuts and slashes mercilessly on every single page, in every single paragraph, so that your fingers will bleed even as the tears of laughter soak your face. So basically, you'll be reduced to a bloody, weeping mess, madly reading whole pages aloud as friends and family shake their heads and slowly back away." Jonathan Tropper, author of Everything Changes

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"Comprising 50 percent sheer brilliance, 50 percent distilled cynicism, and 50 percent coronary-inducing humor, Apathy and Other Small Victories has more life, laughs, and story on every page than should be possible. A heartbreakingly funny paean to supercharged nihilism, it's the best book you'll read in years, and the funniest novel ever. If you don?t love it, there's something wrong with you, and if you do, there is also something wrong with you — but you won't care." Max Barry, author of Company

Synopsis:

This gut-wrenchingly funny debut novel is about disillusionment, indifference, and one man's desperate fight to assign absolutely no meaning to modern life.

About the Author

Paul Neilan is working on getting fired from his mind-numbing job at an insurance company in Portland, Oregon, where he spends most of his time hiding in the bathroom and weeping. Born of this and many, many other humiliations, Apathy and Other Small Victories is his first novel.

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Jillian, February 21, 2010 (view all comments by Jillian)
If you live in Portland and have deaf friends this book is a riot. If you don't I highly suggest this as your next airplane book, it gets a little slow about two thirds in but it is well worth it to finish.
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dmayell, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by dmayell)
This book had me nearly falling out of my seat on the plane, I was laughing so hard. It was worth all the sideways glances!
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rkm, December 26, 2007 (view all comments by rkm)
Like TC Boyle singing dirty carols with Bukowski. Neilan is a clever and daring author who can make us laugh at all the wrong things. Page after page of hilarious absurdity and spectacle. This book teaches you how to cuss in sign language! Come on! That says it all, right?

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312352196
Author:
Neilan, Paul
Publisher:
Griffin
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Black humor
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.14x6.62x.64 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312352196 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Neilan spins many sparkling comic riffs on the tawdriness and sterility of American life."
"Review" by , "[J]uvenile fun for undiscerning lads with two hours to kill."
"Review" by , "If you can hang with Neilan's taste in rude jokes and non sequiturs, there's lots to like."
"Review" by , "Neilan's wit is a razor that cuts and slashes mercilessly on every single page, in every single paragraph, so that your fingers will bleed even as the tears of laughter soak your face. So basically, you'll be reduced to a bloody, weeping mess, madly reading whole pages aloud as friends and family shake their heads and slowly back away."
"Review" by , "Comprising 50 percent sheer brilliance, 50 percent distilled cynicism, and 50 percent coronary-inducing humor, Apathy and Other Small Victories has more life, laughs, and story on every page than should be possible. A heartbreakingly funny paean to supercharged nihilism, it's the best book you'll read in years, and the funniest novel ever. If you don?t love it, there's something wrong with you, and if you do, there is also something wrong with you — but you won't care."
"Synopsis" by , This gut-wrenchingly funny debut novel is about disillusionment, indifference, and one man's desperate fight to assign absolutely no meaning to modern life.
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