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Underminer: Or, the Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life
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Underminer: Or, the Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life

by Mike Albo, Virginia Heffernan, Carl James Ferrero (Illustrator)
 

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Successful, gorgeous, and beloved by everyone you know, the Underminer remembers your every foolish ambition and humiliating mistake—and never fails to remind you. The Underminer makes you feel suicidal. But the Underminer is your friend…Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan do us all a public service by capturing the elusive evils of an age-old archetype.

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Successful, gorgeous, and beloved by everyone you know, the Underminer remembers your every foolish ambition and humiliating mistake—and never fails to remind you. The Underminer makes you feel suicidal. But the Underminer is your friend…Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan do us all a public service by capturing the elusive evils of an age-old archetype. To understand and resist your toxic friend, you need The Underminer.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"A treasure…wickedly funny…Studded with comic gems that beg to be read out loud."

New York Times Book Review
"An insincere, name-dropping predator with a rise so meteoric that 'you' feel like crawling into your sad little apartment and eating gallons of ice cream right out of the carton while sniffling over reruns of old Bette Davis movies."

Rocky Mountain News
"A character that is so malicious, so insensitive and sadistic, that we can only gape horror-struck as every venomous phrase rolls off her tongue."

Boston Globe
"A psychological predator of the highest order. A viper cloaked in velvet. The Shaquille O'Neal of schadenfreude."

New York Times
"An ego-skewering, passive-aggressive blowhard of indeterminate gender, surfing annoyingly along the breaking waves of pop and consumer culture—from dot-com to New Age, from hip-hop to a yurt in Afghanistan—always on top and armed with a put-down."

New York Post
"The 'friend' who somehow manages to turn every compliment into an incredibly subtle insult, thus making you wonder whether you are truly the most neurotic person in all of Manhattan—or if your friend is just, well, evil."

Chicago Sun-Times
"The person in your life who always does things before you, better than you, and far more profitably than you. The kind of person who manages to express that she cares about you in a way that makes you want to kill yourself."

Newsday
"The Underminer is a small voice whispering in your ear, 'Read me.'"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596910898
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Albo is a writer and performer who has brought his comedic monologues to venues all over the country and abroad. His first novel, Hornito, was published in 2000.

Virginia Heffernan, who writes with Albo for his performances, is a television critic for the New York Times.

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