What in God's Name: A Novel

What in God's Name: A Novel

by Simon Rich
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What in God's Name: A Novel by Simon Rich

God decides to close up shop on Earth -- unless two idealistic angels can make a miracle happen
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316203326
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 624,998
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

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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What in God's Name: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BHenricksen More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short! I might disagree with the theology but it's a great story.
AH-Writer-Teacher More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
different intake on how God runs the world. would not reread it or recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise. Think it would have made a better short story. Some portions seemed strained. On the whole it was light "summer" fare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A funny read that was really enjoyable! Glad I bought this book!