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The Office' meets Don DeLillo in this hilarious debut novel by the founding editor of The Believer.

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Ed Park was born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York. He is a founding editor of The Believer and the former editor Voice Literary Supplement. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. He lives with his family in Manhattan, where he publishes The New York Ghost.

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Park's warm and winning fiction debut is narrated by a collective "we" of youngish Manhattan office grunts who watch in helpless horror as their company keeps shrinking, taking their private world of in-jokes and nicknames along with it. The business itself remains opaque, but who eats lunch with whom, which of the two nearby Starbucks is the "good Starbucks," and whose desk knickknacks have the richest iconography become abundantly clear. What starts out feeling like a cutesy set of riffs evolves into such a deft, familiar intimacy that when the next round of layoffs begins in earnest, the reader is just as disconcerted as the characters. As office survivors Lizzie, Jonah, Pru, Crease, Lars and Jason II try to figure out who's next to get the axe, mysterious clues point to a conspiracy that may involve one or more of the survivors. By the time answers arrive, Park--former Voice Literary Supplement editor, a founding editor of the Believer and the creator of the e-zine the New York Ghost--has built the tension masterfully. Echoing elements from Ferris's debut smash, Then We Came to the End, Park may have written the first cubicle cozy. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"As much a novel of pitch-perfect comic vignettes of working life, Personal Days is the ideal book to read under the table during the next staff training seminar. Park has strayed into Ricky Gervais' territory and may soon be its king" * Observer *
"The funniest novel of office life in decades... A must-read" * Daily Mail *
"Anyone missing Joshua Ferris' Then We Came To The End should pick up this novel" * Esquire *
"Park's wry look at lives ruled by unreliable computers and bad coffee speaks volumes about the choices we make in the name of ambition" * The Times *
"Personal Days is amusingly spare, yet soon becomes something darker, aspiring perhaps to the unblinking horror of Joseph Heller's corporate schlub epic Something Happened" * The List *

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