Not Working

Not Working

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For fans of HBO's Girls , Bridget Jones's Diary and Where'd You Go, Bernadette? , a laugh-out-loud, irreverent debut novel about a woman trying--not to have it all--but to figure it all out.

Twenty-something Londoner Claire has just resigned from her job without a plan--and although she is pleased, her family and friends can't seem to understand. Before too long, she manages to push away both her safe, steady, brain-surgeon boyfriend and her difficult but loving mother.
Quirky, questioning Claire hilariously navigates and comments on the emotions and minutiae of day-to-day life as only someone without the distractions of a regular routine can. Brilliantly observed, touching and wildly funny, Not Working is the story of a life unraveling and a novel that skewers the questions that have been keeping us all awake at night.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2016
ISBN: 9780385686006
Branch Call Number: OWEN
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm


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SPL_Stephanie Aug 04, 2016

A full review of this title can be found under Summary. First published in the Stratford Gazette in August 2016.


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SPL_Stephanie Aug 04, 2016

In latest novel, Not Working, Lisa Owens explores the initial excitement and subsequent boredom that paradoxically comes from being unemployed. Without warning, Claire Flannery quits her job and embarks on a personal quest to find herself and her vocation. Days quickly turn into weeks as the quirky thirty-something character starts to spiral into a sea of worries.

Claire’s loved ones start to question her life decisions as she swaps her business casual apparel for stained sweat pants and her morning coffee for an overflowing glass of pinot grigio. One by one, her closest relationships falter as her wine-induced antics leave her mother, boyfriend, and friends frustrated by her clumsy behaviour. Stumbling around the streets of London, she suddenly finds herself unemployed, broke, and without hope of finding her true passion. Readers are given front row seats to Claire’s journey in mending her relationships, finding her true calling, and searching for herself.

In this self-deprecating and humorous novel, Lisa Owens wittily chronicles the minute details that compose everyday life. Instead of generic chapters, the author separates the story with quirky subheadings relating to the somewhat mundane task that Claire fixates about. Several of these entries are entitled ‘Tube’ and provide a belly-laughing perspective of the London subway system.
Filled with sarcasm and humour, the author crafts a flawed yet loveable character that is strung together by the questionable qualities we all possess. This page turner will make you giggle and snort as you relatedly nod along with Claire’s continual breakdowns. You’ll be cheering the female protagonist as she endeavors to reclaim her life, while also shuddering at her drunken outbursts.

If you enjoy the quirkiness of Helen Fielding or the sarcastic style of Jojo Moyes, you will definitely enjoy this heartwarming read.

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