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Resume Paperback – May 27, 2004
"For a beach read or a travel read, Résumé stands head and shoulders above the other candidates." -- Author of Ernst Mach's World Elements, July 2004
"Its not often that a 20-something yuppie fiction novel also has appeal to middle aged mothers." -- The Regional News, July 29, 2004
"Paul Max Banks is a new-age novelist whose time has come." -- Rob C. Christiansen, The Heckler
"Resume is a novel of war between the sexes...their struggle to survive makes for eyebrow raising reading." -- Midwest Book Review
"These characters and settings are so realistic that this book is essentially a field guide to the Chicago nightlife." -- Jeremy Zuleger, WLZR, Milwaukee
"They fight over copies of this book around here." -- Daily Illini
"This is THE definitive coming of age story for our generation. This author displays his wit brilliantly." -- David J. Kmiecik, ABC-TV, WOOW
"a big time author who is certain to influence the next generation of aspiring writers." -- WPGU Urbana- WPGU Urbana-Champaign
"brilliant anything but common. These characters and settings are so realistic this book's a field guide to the Chicago nightlife." -- Jeremy Zuleger, WLZR, Milwaukee
From the Publisher
What kind of Chicago girl drinks too much, goes on guerrilla shopping sprees in her Jetta, and cant remember the guy she makes out with after 24 hours?
Meet the "LP Trixies." There's Jorie, a wealthy limousine liberal princess; her friend Kelly, a gorgeous man-eater; and Tara, a small town transplant.
What sort of guy has to be both man enough to talk sports and sensitive enough to close the ladies, while seeking elusive employment in the jobless recovery? Meet the "Chads:" Kurt, a would be sports hero who prides himself on making girls do the walk of shame; Erik, an engineer and proud intellectual; and Steve, a macho party guy who visits the Art Institute.
"Friends" meets "Survivor" in this tale of the age of lowered expectations and all out war between the sexes, as the Trixies square off against the Chads. Battling their quarter-life crisis, they spew quasi-political rants, rag on their friends, and look for love in all the wrong places sometimes missing it by a hair. All this transpires against a post 9/11 Chicago backdrop bristling with local landmarks and enough assorted wackos to stock a large lockdown-ward.
Paul Max Banks's Résumé reveals the souls under the stereotypes and the slow crawl towards maturity just beneath the surface of the party cycle. His style is arch and biting but always human.
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For a beach read or a travel read Résumé is far and away miles above the other candidates.
As people exit institutions of higher learning, most think that with their degree their path is set, including the characters in Resume. But as in the real world, things are rarely so for this interesting group. One of the most intruiging aspects is how the characters are very much defined by their success and failures, primarily because the author does a spectacular job of showing that those who experience "success" are not necessarily better off for it. He accurately shows how sometimes our failures and hardships are truly what define us for what we are... some people are willing to settle, others will sacrifice who they are to be a success, and still there are more who are unwilling to settle or compromise no matter the cost.
Outside of the characters, the strongest part of this book is the descriptive writing. Paul Max Banks sets us on a number of stages through out Chicago, and through masterful description, lets the reader see, smell, and hear everything happening around his characters.
This book is a must read for any current college student or college graduate of the past 10 years or so. For this group (which I am a part of) reading Resume in some ways is like looking back at your own life, and wondering how you ever made it through. It may not follow "your story" through and through, but I challenge anyone to read this book and not find at least a little of themselves in these characters.