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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453792716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453792711
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,094,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L.C. Evans grew up in Florida, where she began honing her craft by writing stories and plays for other children in her neighborhood. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three or four dogs. She stays busy writing, reading, and working in her garden. L.C. is the author of many published mystery stories and children's stories, as well as four novels.

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L.C. Evans began her writing career with short stories and essays before branching out into novel writing. More than a hundred of her stories and humorous essays have been published in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Horse Illustrated, and Ladies Circle among many others. Over the years Ms. Evans has won awards in writing contests and has kept busy honing her craft by taking writing courses and attending writing seminars. She was recently a featured presenter at the Carolinas Writers Conference in Wadesboro, North Carolina. After traditional publication of Talented Horsewoman, the first of her Leigh McRae horse mystery novels, Ms. Evans decided to take control of her career by trying her hand at indie publishing.

"All this means," she says, "is that I pay for my own editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and all the other publishing expenses. However, I also get complete control over my books, and that means I can keep the price low. Readers on a budget will still have access to my books. I care deeply about all of my readers and I take great joy in the many fan letters readers send me."

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Recommended highly for everyone who loves fiction that is so close to the truth!
Lila L. Pinord
While the subject matter is certainly grim, the main characters are great, the story moves quickly, there are some funny moments and, well, you have to read it!
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Jobless Recovery will push all your buttons as it tells a story that is too close to reality for many of us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Nathan VINE VOICE on September 18, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
JOBLESS RECOVERY piqued my interest both personally and professionally. A former economic analyst, I hold a BA and MA in economics. The book brings up a number of interesting issues.

Traditional economists told us that as long as the economy is competitive and prices reflect costs, we'd have full employment and the most efficient use of productive resources in the long run. Only in the short run, as the system adjusts to change, would we have unemployment and less than optimal economic conditions.

John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern economics said, "In the long run, gentlemen, we are all dead."

L C Evans' book, Jobless Recovery, is set in that turbulent short run. Rather than being an efficient response to economic change, the short run looks like it may kill us. Or at least some of us. Evans' book brings up all the issues in an entertaining and gut-wrenching way.

Jobless Recovery tells the story of people who are experiencing the downside of economic change. Dave has lost his job to imported labor. His attempts to fight back get him in more trouble. Joe has had a horrific accident on the job which leaves him with seizures. He faces the medical system in addition to having to live with his disability and unemployment. The way these and other characters work their way through their problems will entertain you and make you think.

Jobless Recovery will push all your buttons as it tells a story that is too close to reality for many of us. It was a real think piece for me and I recommend the book highly. We need to look at the impact of economic changes in terms of the lives of those affected, not textbook platitudes. What are the long term consequences of an international labor market? Of outsourcing? Of an economic system that bails out large institutions, but allows private citizens to go under? Lots of questions. Now we the readers need to act to find answers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed Jobless Recovery, though I wish it didn't describe America in the 21st century so well.

I won't give away the plot here, except to say this should be a must-read for everyone in the workforce today.

While the subject matter is certainly grim, the main characters are great, the story moves quickly, there are some funny moments and, well, you have to read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. Cheves on November 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dear David R. Griffin:
By now you are aware of the unprecedented opportunity Markham-Hook Conglomerate has encountered. I am sure you rejoice at our good fortune and wish us every success in our leap forward into the global future.

Unfortunately, David R. Griffin, you have not been selected to continue the journey with Markham-Hook Conglomerate. Your position with the company has been eliminated and will terminate on May 1st of this year. As part of your duties before you depart, you will be required to engage in knowledge transfer, making sure your replacement from India knows how to perform your job in a satisfactory manner. In addition, you must successfully complete all projects on your current work list.

Can you imagine receiving a letter like this, or maybe you have or know someone who has. The letter is clearly a form letter with the name of the recipient inserted. And the company has the audacity to inform David that he must train his replacement before leaving. As I read Jobless Recovery I started recognizing things that I really had taken for granted. I knew that whenever I needed tech support for my computer, phone or just about anything electronic I would end up talking to someone who I assumed was from a foreign country, not really knowing if the help was actually being processed here in the US or from another country. As the story of David and later Joe and Lark continued I started wondering how much of this was based on facts. I'm finding that most of this is actually happening every day.

Jobless Recovery is another well written book by Author L. C. Evans. She has added humor to help us process the truth behind the fiction in the story of David, Joe and Lark, but at the same time she opened my eyes to what is really going on in our country as well as other countries, with most of us being totally unaware. Jobless Recovery is a book that I highly recommend we all read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.S.I. on March 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Jobless Recovery was an interesting read. Evans' deft hand weaves the lives of her characters together, and twists the plot in ways that renders it entirely unpredictable. Which leaves me in a conundrum. Evans' plotlines do not spiral up toward a cinematic peak of heroism or cowardice where plans come together with a bang or fall apart with a thud. Rather, they happen much in the way of real life -- the thread gets lost, people do other things, stuff is unplanned in a messy, natural sort of way. In this sense, the book walks life's shades of gray quite well. But this contrasts with the characters, who seem to belong to one group, all good (the main characters); or the other, all bad (politicians, doctors, higher level corporate workers).

Plot: Recently laid off computer programmer Dave, fired-for-being-disabled ex-government agent Joe, and Joe's daughter Lark are all battling with the current economic climate. Joe suffers from a brain injury and has come up with some pretty interesting plans to get his financial situation back online.

Setting: Avalon, a city in North Carolina. Beautifully conceptualized; I feel that I can picture it in its manicured beauty. I can also picture its outskirts quite well.

Characters: Dave was immensely likable, and when Evans switches into different characters' heads, the transition is smooth and it feels very real. I loved especially getting the characters' impressions of each other, because it helped to give me a more rounded view of them. I would have liked to see characters be a bit more gray -- particularly in terms of characters in power. I would have enjoyed a character who would throw off the book's set expectations a bit.

Style: This was the best edited independent book I've read so far. Absolutely typo-free.
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