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Return on Investment: a Novel
     

Return on Investment: a Novel

by Magdalena Waz
 

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"Reads like the birth of a brand new genre...an audatious, ambitious debut." Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland: Stories.

A wickedly smart, deceptively powerful novel about the uneasy intersection of love and commerce. Winner of the Fiction Attic Press Debut Novel Prize.

When Laura hires herself out as a human breast pump, she is

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"Reads like the birth of a brand new genre...an audatious, ambitious debut." Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland: Stories.

A wickedly smart, deceptively powerful novel about the uneasy intersection of love and commerce. Winner of the Fiction Attic Press Debut Novel Prize.

When Laura hires herself out as a human breast pump, she is unprepared for the devotion she inspires in new moms desperate to be relieved of the machinery of lactation. Soon, the situation at her job goes sour, and she devises a plan to work less and earn more. A dreamer at best and a steam-roller at worst, Laurie hopes to prove to the world that there is employment beyond the nine to five. Her imaginative scheme draws a young housekeeper, a male bachelorette party babysitter, and a data entry clerk into the business of manufactured intimacy--a business more dangerous than Laurie is willing to admit.

Sharp, darkly funny, and insightful, RETURN ON INVESTMENT will appeal to fans of Maria Semple, Jess Walter, Jami Attenberg, and Lena Dunham. A must-read for anyone who knows what it means to seek fulfillment through work and love.

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"Return on Investment is a coming-of-age tale unlike any I have ever read. A quartet of unlikely friends massively in debt and interminably adrift in the post-collegiate, post-recession, start-up economy. The wild scheme that joins them together somehow manages to both satirize and sympathetically explore that wobbling time between youth and adulthood. Swiftly told, at turns hilarious and poignant, Return on Investment is worth every second you put into it." David McGlynn, author of A Door in the Ocean

"A wickedly smart, deceptively powerful debut novel about the uneasy intersection of love and commerce. A soaring send-up of the post-grad economy. War's debut will appeal to fans of Maria Semple, Jess Walter, and Lena Dunham." Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog

"Waz's darkly comic first novel reads like the birth of a brand-new genre-call it literature of the dystopian present-wherein a lost generation of post-college twentysomethings struggle against debt, doubt, the loneliness of a constantly-connected world, and an out-of-control gig economy that leads to work as professional cuddlers, human breast pumps, and black-market milk runners. It'd be terrifying if it weren't so damn funny, prescient if it weren't precisely of the moment, absurd except for its searing recognition of the all-too-real . . . Return on Investment is an audacious, ambitious debut. -Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland: Stories

"In Return on Investment, Magdalena Waz brings to vivid life the mighty struggles and Millennial triumphs of a group of young Chicagoans graduating into the Great Recession. Waz's writing is slyly ironic, her characters' delightfully inappropriate first jobs, including human breast pump, are shrewdly presented, and their stories are irresistible. This is a superb first book." -Eric Goodman, author of Child of My Right Hand and Twelfth and Race

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780991149988
Publisher:
Fiction Attic Press
Publication date:
09/15/2016
Series:
Fiction Attic Press Debut Novel Award , #2
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.37(d)

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Meet the Author

Magdalena Waz's fiction and essays have appeared in Threadcount, The Collagist, and Rabbit Catastrophe Review. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University (Ohio) and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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