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Temporary by Hilary Leichter


Hilary Leichter

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Imprint: Coffee House Press
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 19 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781566895668
4 stars out of 5
5 Feb 2021

"Weighty questions underlie the wackiness and misadventures of a temp’s 23 jobs and 18 boyfriends in this surreal fable"

In the tradition of satirists from Jonathan Swift to Helen DeWitt, Leichter builds a world that’s absurd, but familiar enough to give pause. Weighty questions underlie the wackiness as the temp’s misadventures roll towards a resolution. Can 23 jobs and 18 boyfriends add up to a whole? As the signposts of adulthood shift, at what point does becoming settle into being? If employment is no longer “the only kind of honest weight” applied to a life, what might act as an anchor in its stead?