The Gum Thief

The Gum Thief

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Roger is a middle-aged 'aisles associate' at a Staples outlet, condemned to restocking paper for the rest of his life, and his young co-worker Bethany has realised she's facing fifty more years of shelving Post-it notes. Then Bethany discovers Roger's notebook in the staff room. When she opens it up, she discovers that he's writing mock diary entries pretending to be her - and weirdly, he's getting it right. The two workers strike up an unlikely yet touching secret correspondence. As their lives unfold, so too do the characters of Roger's work-in-progress, the oddly titled Glove Pond, a Cheever-era novella gone horribly, horribly wrong.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 18mm | 150g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747594937
  • 9780747594932
  • 728,374

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'Funny, touching and immensely enjoyable' Daily Express
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'Funny, touching and immensely enjoyable' Daily Express 'A tender and hopeful story that shows how, with friendship and the occasional little act of rebellion, there can still be laughter after tragedy' Daily Mail 'Very smart. And horribly entertaining' John Sutherland, FT Magazine 'He is a brilliant social commentator and a wit for our time' TLS
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About Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is a novelist who also works in visual arts and theatre. His novels include Eleanor Rigby, Generation X, All Families Are Psychotic, Hey Nostradamus! and JPod. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
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4 36% (3,298)
3 36% (3,288)
2 11% (975)
1 2% (222)
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