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Jobless Recovery: Second Edition Paperback – September 12, 2010
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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.
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Jobless Recovery" reminded me of M.P. McDonald's book "No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor Series". Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by BigAl
I work for a company that outsourced IT support. On the surface it looks cheaper but so far its taken over 9 months for an offshore team of Indians not to solve what the inhouse... Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by DinyM
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... Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Patricia A. Rockwell
Not The Grapes of Wrath
Jobless Recovery by LC Evans is not The Grapes of Wrath, but it's darn close. Read more
"Jobless Recovery" may seem a little too close for comfort for some people, especially those whose careers have followed the downward spiral of Evan's Dave Griffin. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by Sandra M. Bruney
The updated version of Jobless Recovery has been pulled from today's headlines. Story is well paced with an uplifting message that there is always hope. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Tamatha B. Stout
We can feel the pain when Dave Griffin suddenly finds himself replaced as a programmer in a large company that only thinks of the bottom line- which is lined with dollar signs. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Lila L. Pinord