The Grand Life

Jan Novak, Author Poseidon Press $16.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-64354-6
Smalltime Chicago executive George Clifton dreads nothing more than surprises. George's department at the utility company runs smoothly on autopilot, and his personal life is flawlessly routine. Thanks to a spartan diet of graham crackers and chamomile tea, he punctually produces a regular bowel movement at nine o'clock each morning; the regularity of his bodily functions makes George proud. Unexpectedly jarred by the shocking contents of an overheard conversation, however, George suddenly expands his carefully circumscribed parameters. He starts consuming beer and greasy Reuben sandwiches, taking advantage of company perks, and forgetting to set his alarm clock. The once-stingy George now makes a major household investment, authorizing his wife to spend $4,500 on artificial breast enlargement. Czech-born Novak (The Willys Dream Kit) employs his own distinctive slang to create an eloquent parody of corporate pseudo-culture. Forceful and exuberant, this work is also a cutting portrait of suburban America. (October)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Genre: Fiction
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