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Lifers
     

Lifers

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by Jeff Somers
 

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Three twentysomething guys who transitioned from collegiate underachieving to corporate bottom feeding sketch out a plan to make a grab for some dignity. They will rob the publishing house that employs their only stable member and insults him on a daily basis. Being the bright, perceptive fellows they are, they all quickly realize it isn't about the money. For Phil

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Three twentysomething guys who transitioned from collegiate underachieving to corporate bottom feeding sketch out a plan to make a grab for some dignity. They will rob the publishing house that employs their only stable member and insults him on a daily basis. Being the bright, perceptive fellows they are, they all quickly realize it isn't about the money. For Phil "Dub" Dublen, it's a pissed off statement against a dull, meaningless job. For self-styled poet Trim, it's a chance to actually be as outrageous and anarchic as he needs to be. For Trim's roommate Dan, it seems to be something he does for the same reason he does everything: to vent some anger, having nothing to do. By the time their master plan is all said and done, nothing has been solved, nothing is better, and nothing, really, has changed. And in the slightly fractured wisdom of the larcenous trio, this surpises none of them.

Editorial Reviews

Bruce Allen
Midlife crises arrive early for the three young New Yorkers who aspire to lives of crime in this engaging, laid-back first novel ... Jeff Somers observes these amiable sociopaths with a funky wit that revs up nicely whenever the three friends are companionably abusing one another ...
Deborah Rysso
Three twentysomethings searching for quality of life in the big city are failing miserably at finding it at local watering holes and devitalizing jobs ... Somers’ dialogue is funny, his characters oddly likable, and his plot pleasingly unlikely, adding up to a highly entertaining if chillingly accurate reflection of the apathetic work ethics and life disappointments of Gen X postcollegiate dreamers.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013254633
Publisher:
The Inner Swine
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
995,098
File size:
574 KB

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Meet the Author

Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey; they have yet to name anything after him. He has published six novels, five of which (the Avery Cates series) people have actually read. He’s also published dozens of short stories, including “Ringing the Changes”, which was included in The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 edited by Scott Turow, and “sift, almost invisible, through” which was included in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris. He maintains a blog at www.jeffreysomers.com where he sometimes reveals terrible secrets and then has to buy everyone’s silence.

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Lifers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The story is believable - especially if you are (or can remember being, like me) a frustrated twenty-something discovering that life isn't what all those TV shows told you it was. The dialogue is snappy and quite funny in parts. I especially loved the character of Trim! He was consistently warped and funny. I think Jeff Somers is my new hero. I've recommended this book to everyone I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got a galley copy of this book through a friend. Mr. Somers has a sharp wit and an incisive understanding of his generation, and he wraps them inside a fun story filled with interesting characters and unexpected twists. In the final analysis, there's an unexpected depth to the story amidst the jokes. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.