If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

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Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, is up to his old tricks with his new work of transgressive short fiction.

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

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Irvine Welsh's first short-story collection since his debut work The Acid House presents five extraordinary stories, which remind us that he is a master of the short form, a brilliant storyteller, and ó unarguably - one of today's funniest and most subversive writers. In 'Rattlesnakes' three young Americans, lost in the desert, are accosted by two armed Mexicans. A Korean chef and a Chicago socialite find themselves connected through the disappearance of a pooch named Toto in 'The D.O.G.S. of Lincoln Park.' And in the title story, Mickey Baker - an ex-pat English bar owner living on the Costa Brava - tries to keep all of his balls in the air: maintaining his barmaid's weight at the sexual maximum, attending to the youthful Persephone, and dodging his ex-wife and Spanish gangsters. In typically Welshian fashion, the characters and settings are anything but typical. These stories will make you laugh and gasp.

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Author Irvine Welsh
Publisher WW Norton
Page Count 391pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date September 4, 2007
ISBN 978-0393330779

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