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Nothing Happens Until It Happens to You: A Novel Without Pay, Perks, or Privileges Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Middle-aged Jeffrey Reiner has a tough time adjusting to the unemployed life in Shine's competent if pat debut. When Jeffrey, a calendar editor at a Florida newspaper, gets pink-slipped, his blandly ordered life unravels. "One second I'm elated about going on to do other things in life," he says, "...and the next I want to puke." With little support from his wife and kids, Jeffrey befriends a 20-something female neighbor and makes halfhearted attempts at active unemployment, like drinking during the day with the other jobless and doing odd jobs. As his life spins out of control and the prospect of finding another job becomes more daunting, Jeffrey stumbles through a series of trials and exploits that give his life new meaning. Shine creates a relatable picture of a modern man dealing with the economic downturn (and, more pointedly, the sour state of newspapers), but Jeffrey's odyssey--"You're turning into an adventure story," the neighbor tells him--doesn't always ring true. A quick, tidy ending caps off a meandering story that can't quite find a proper destination.
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After 18 years writing mind-numbing copy for a Florida newspaper, Jeffrey Reiner is shocked to receive a pink slip. At first, he finds solace in his neighbors’ sympathy and his wife’s willingness to pick up extra hours at the medical lab. But as Jeff counts down the days before his severance pay ends, his concern turns into complacency as he decides he’d rather not work at all, then only jumps at opportunities as they arrive. He winds up performing odd jobs for a mysterious man of whose name he’s uncertain, “networking” at bars with the fellow unemployed, and seeking out a long-lost middle-school friend who seems to have disappeared after a violent accident. When his son openly resents his father’s relationship with lusty next-door-slacker Alex, and his daughter begins showering at friends’ houses to avoid penny-pinching, Jeff realizes there’s more at stake than his career. Unpredictable and with deprecating humor, journalist Shine’s debut will appeal to anyone affected by the current economic crisis. --Jonathan Fullmer
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Louie CK's humor seeps through the pages at such a level that it's hard to not picture him as Jeffery, the main character. They're even about the same age. Should a movie ever 'happen' then it'd be a shame if Louie didn't take a shot. But then Louie would just be playing himself essentially. That's OK lots of big actors have been doing that for years!
The novel avoids the standard tropes of a Horatio Alger story-- throughout Shine is blunt and honest in exploring the question of how our identities are locked into our work, and how the former can unravel when the latter is suddenly taken.
All of that said, Nothing Happens... is a very funny book. Shine has a keen eye for the absurdities of American life and seems to revel in the role of court jester.
Shine's book is a comedy, though, with a few bits of "truths" at its core. It's a good read.
I'd actually give Nothing Happens... 3 1/2 stars but alas, no half stars possible on Amazon, so I've rounded up.
Nothing Happens Until It Happens to You is the story of Jeffrey Reiner, who has just been laid off from the boring journalism job he's held for nearly 20 years. He's not in a hurry to get back to work, but knows that his family's resources will only keep them afloat so long on... What results from Jeffrey's unemployment is a very funny journey of self-discovery, inward reflection, and a whole lot of laughs about the absurdities of life. The reader follows Jeffrey's attempts to deal with his dysfunctional family (including his workaholic wife, independent and cynical daughter, and son), wacky neighbors, former co-workers, job counselors, and Omar? (yes, his name has a question mark) -- the bequeather of odd jobs. The scene is perfectly set from the first chapter, when Jeffrey's whole office makes a physical escape from the office to a nearby restaurant in an attempt to escape layoffs, to the final hurrah at the end. Shine's writing is quite funny and he makes Jeffrey a very believable characterization of a man trying to reinvent himself in a world that's not letting catch any breaks. Nothing Happens... is especially poignant in today's world, when the economy is tough and there are surely many who find themselves in Jeffery's shoes.
All in all, a great read.
I'm not sure how the book ended up on my nightstand, but there was not enough content to sustain my interest, or enough laughs to merit its label as a book of humor.