What in God's Name: A Novel

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Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it's not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him.

When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion ...

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Overview

Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it's not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him.

When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion restaurant), he also decides to destroy Earth. His employees take the news in stride, except for Craig and Eliza, two underpaid angels in the lowly Department of Miracles. Unlike their boss, Craig and Eliza love their jobs - uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days, revealing lost keys in snow banks - and they refuse to accept that earth is going under.

The angels manage to strike a deal with their boss. He'll call off his Armageddon, if they can solve their toughest miracle yet: getting the two most socially awkward humans on the planet to fall in love. With doomsday fast approaching, and the humans ignoring every chance for happiness thrown their way, Craig and Eliza must move heaven and earth to rescue them - and the rest of us, too.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New Yorker humorist Rich sets up his second novel (after Elliot Allagash) like one of his “Shouts & Murmurs” pieces. The conceit this time: God truly created man in his own feckless image: “With that whole mankind thing?” the CEO of Heaven Inc. admits, “I bit off way more than I could chew,” and decides to destroy the Earth and finally realize his lifelong dream of opening an Asian-American restaurant. Only Craig and Eliza, two angels working in the Department of Miracles, seem to care, so God tells them if they can answer just one prayer in a month, he’ll keep the Earth open for business. Unfortunately, the challenge is to unite Sam Katz and Laura Potts, two pining, painfully shy 23-year-olds living blocks apart in Manhattan, acquaintances whose chance encounters, so far, have been “worse than when Lincoln gets shot.” Prohibited from doing anything the humans could perceive as supernatural, the angels’ meddling is restricted to dream-work, iPhone hacking, traffic signal tampering, weather manipulation and, in overweight Sam’s case, a botulism attack. But at month’s end, the two—like Craig and Eliza in their own budding romance—must make their own moves. Humanity depends upon it. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Founder and CEO of Heaven, Inc., a bored God is about to ditch Earth when two starry-eyed angels from the Department of Miracles intervene. If they can convince Earth's two most socially maladjusted souls to fall in love, then the planet will be saved. Former president of the Harvard Lampoon, a four-time Emmy nominee for his writing on Saturday Night Live, Rich has credentials in the Department of Laughs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316133746
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 208,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Rich

Simon Rich "is still the freshest, funniest new writer today," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He has written comedy for the New Yorker, Pixar, Saturday Night Live, the Believer, and various movie studios. He's the author of two collections, Free-Range Chickens and Ant Farm. His first novel, Elliot Allagash, was optioned for a film by Jason Reitman. Rich lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    Amusing and light

    The setting is heaven, a bureaucracy with a zillion departments, one in charge of small miracles, another in charge of sorting through prayers, and third . . . and so on. God, though, is too often on the golf course and plans to give up on earth entirely. Two industrious angels set out to change His mind. There is no mean-spirited assault on religion here, just light fun. But the bureaucracy joke wears thin all too soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Awesome read!

    This is best book I have read in forever & it the 4 th book I have read this week. It lots of fun. It would make a perfect romance comedy for Hollywood. Somethong even my husband would watch. It pokes fun at God & humanity without being offensive. It is worth the money!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Love it

    Sweet book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    just okay

    different intake on how God runs the world. would not reread it or recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Enjoyable summer read

    Interesting premise. Think it would have made a better short story. Some portions seemed strained. On the whole it was light "summer" fare.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Great book!

    A funny read that was really enjoyable! Glad I bought this book!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Loved it.

    Too short! I might disagree with the theology but it's a great story.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    As we all now expect from Rich, there's plenty of broad, intelli

    As we all now expect from Rich, there's plenty of broad, intelligent (and genuinely funny) humor here. There's also sweetness and poignance. I know the novel hasn't even been officially released yet, but I wonder how long it will take before someone from the Appatow clan adapts it into the best romantic comedy ever. Hopefully, this is already in the works.

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