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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: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 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: #7,504,099 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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Jobless Recovery was an interesting read.
Hopelessness and helplessness can be felt throughout the book and Ms. Evans does a great job in getting these emotions across to the readers.
Lila L. Pinord
The book shows how the thoughtless use of that program is harming the structure of our economy.
John Strumsky

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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 Martha A. Cheves on November 6, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Rockwell on December 14, 2010
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Even if you haven't lost your job or have a close friend or family member who has, you'll probably still experience the anguish that main characters Dave and Joe go through in this "ripped from the headlines" novel of American ingenuity. It didn't take me long to root for these two down-and-outers--both so different, and yet both so alike. Dave is the corporate cover boy--great job, super car, and beautiful girl friend. He assumes his priviledged life will continue without interruption. Joe knows better; he's been dealing with a broken system since his accident cost him his health and his job. When Dave suddenly loses his plush position as a computer programmer due to "down-sizing" and is forced to train his replacement, he is catapulted into a new dimension of "government dole" and it's a place he doesn't like. When the two men are brought together by the luminous Lark, a grudging relationship forms and the pair realize that they might be able to help each other.

The three main characters--Dave, Joe, and Lark, and wonderfully brought to life. I was totally involved in their predicament and was rooting for them all the way. More than this, however, what made this novel stand out for me, was the deft touch author Evans has with contemporary social commentary. I really kept expecting some hard-handed political diatribe at every turn, but she manages to serve up biting, humorous social satire (witness the riotous phone calls that Dave makes to clueless government officials at the unemployment office) without seeming to take a political position. She skewers big business as much as big government. I dare you to guess her political persuasion.

The only thing I don't like about "Jobless Recovery" is the title.
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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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