A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

by Rachel Cantor
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A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel by Rachel Cantor

"Cosmic and comic, full of philosophy, mysticism and celestial whimsy. Both profoundly wild and wildly profound." 
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe


In the not-too-distant future, competing giant fast food factions rule the world. Leonard works for Neetsa Pizza, the Pythagorean pizza chain, in a lonely but highly surveilled home office, answering calls on his complaints hotline. It’s a boring job, but he likes it—there’s a set answer for every scenario, and he never has to leave the house. Except then he starts getting calls from Marco, who claims to be a thirteenth-century explorer just returned from Cathay. And what do you say to a caller like that? Plus, Neetsa Pizza doesn’t like it when you go off script.
           
Meanwhile, Leonard’s sister keeps disappearing on secret missions with her “book club,” leaving him to take care of his nephew, which means Leonard has to go outside. And outside is where the trouble starts.
          
A dazzling debut novel wherein medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians skirmish for control over secret mystical knowledge, and one Neetsa Pizza employee discovers that you can’t save the world with pizza coupons.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612192659
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,025,711
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

RACHEL CANTOR was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Rome. She worked for jazz festivals in France and food festivals in Australia before getting degrees in international development and fiction writing. Her short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, Kenyon Review, Fence, and other publications. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and elsewhere, and has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Wesleyan Writing Conferences. She lives in Brooklyn.




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A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out great-then went downhill. Unless you are Jewish, it makes no sense. And I am not. I did not understand at all
GreyScotPotter 8 months ago
This book was really fun and weird! It was completely absurd and took a bunch of unpredictable turns with the time travelling. It has a well-researched, well-thought out, absolutely random sense of humor based on history, fast food, and ancient Jewish madjicks. It's short, it's lovely, and a great weekend read. Highly recommended!