Everyday Life: A Novel

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The hiring of a new secretary shouldnít be a big deal ó just a slight a change in the office environment.

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But for the protagonist of this novel, it is a declaration of war, a call to arms: 'The new secretary has only been here two days,' she says, 'and Iím already talking about evil, a word I shouldnít even be using ó arming myself for battle and choosing my weapons.' Her quiet life of sacrifice and service has been rudely disrupted by the new hire, and she is not ó despite the advice of her doctor, her neighbors, and her daughteróabout to leave it at that.

Instead, sabotage, alcohol, and kindness become the arsenal in a conflict fought across copy rooms and office parties. But the humor is undercut by a sadness, a sense of defeat that makes this slim novel resonate with the injustice of our increasingly impersonal, corporate world.

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Author Lydie Salvayre
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press
Page Count 119pp
Publication Size 5" x 8"
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 2006
ISBN 978-1564783493

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