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Personal Days: A Novel Paperback – May 13, 2008
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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The characters are sharply portrayed with satirical affection - reading the book was like starting a new job and meeting a new set of coworkers who could become one's friends or nemeses.
The plot is gripping and culminates in something rare in many of today's novels - an ending that is both satisfying and leaves one guessing.
I highly recommend Personal Days and look forward to more of Mr. Park's refreshing voice.
Anyway, the book kicks off with a handful of workers amidst an ocean of empty cubicles, as "the firings" have decimated their ranks. Their main concern is "who's next?" -- a topic they pick at like a scab, huddled over desks, in emails, and at happy hours. Confusing their speculation is that there are several layers of management, and no one is really sure how the hierarchy works. Not to mention the suspicion that one of the managers must be a spy for their new owners in California.Read more ›
I don't write many reviews.
And Ed Parks is pretty rare himself. Honestly, how gorgeous is this? The workplace as metaphor for our human predicament. Like all of us these people are both normal and deranged. The low-level anxiety, the subdued air of menace, the arms's-length despair, all this is delicious and just like life on a bad (or just a clear-eyed) day. '[T]here's no such thing as *better*.' If it's slightly strip-cartoony, well isn't life? Pleasingly tart without being hip (or flip), yet touching too, this will stand the test of time
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I stumbled upon this book in a list of "office reads," and had high expectations. I really liked it, until (SPOILER) the last section which was a rambling elevator... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Tomasetti
Stunningly well written workplace tragicomedy. If white-collar neoliberalism had a story, this is it.Published 14 months ago by Fulano Mengano
The book is so funny, the conceit delights and haunts. The book is playful in form while remaining heartfelt. I'll be rereading it soon.Published 17 months ago by BBmm08c
I really liked this book. It was smart, clever and really, really funny. I can see how some reviewers did not like it - if you don't like this type of humor, you will not like... Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Knerrd
I was all set to love this book. It was witty, amusing and outright funny in parts, but tiresome at about the 1/2 mark. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Jennifer L Glaeser
I kept thinking, Is the author of Then We Came to the End suing Park?
Personal Days, like TWCE, is told in plural first person. Read more
There was never a point where the book grabbed me. It will definitely make you chuckle a few times..
It's not really a narrative from start to finish.. Read more
For me, this book never really came together. One of those books where the whole is NOT better than the sum of its parts. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Joshua Maislin