Nothing Happens Until It Happens to You

Nothing Happens Until It Happens to You

Book - 2010
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Jeffrey Reiner is a middle manager's dream.

Predictable, almost invisible, and lacking ambition, he's held the same tedious job for eighteen years, typing up the calendar listings for a South Florida weekly. As the economy and the newspaper industry crashed around him, Jeffrey kept his head comfortably in the sand until he was terminated in the middle of his lunch hour. Suddenly Jeffrey is staring at a deadline of twenty-one weeks before his severance pay and unemployment benefits dry up and he has to figure out what to do next.

Plunged into the bizarre world of unemployment, Jeffrey's attempts at networking lead him to his slacker neighbors, an unorthodox state facilitator, and a 1-800 mental health counselor. What's even worse is now that he has no job to fill the daytime hours, he can't ignore the fact that his family life is unraveling: his wife communicates almost solely through detailed daily honey-do lists; his mother seems determined to get herself kicked out of her assisted-living facility; his teenage daughter has no use for him and seems wiser to the ways of the world than he'll ever be; and his son has taken up a disturbing form of pest control to help make ends meet. Even his dog finds a way to let him down.

With his job search going nowhere amid the wreckage of the American economy, Jeffrey has no choice but to push beyond his comfort zone. He takes on a string of ridiculous odd jobs for a guy known as "enterprising dude" that include dressing up as the Statue of Liberty and breeding fish in a tub of mud. But as Jeffrey stumbles from one comic catastrophe to another, he realizes that in opening up to the world, he no longer wants to go back to his safe, sheltered corner. Full of whimsy, wry humor, and surprising insight,

Nothing Happens Until It Happens to You is a weird, wonderful journey of self-discovery that proves there's life after the pink slip after all.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307589859
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 19, 2014

A novel of a middle aged man who, after 17 years in the same job, is made redundant, and the unravelling effect it has on his life, his sanity, and his family. While it was very funny and sharp witted throughout I felt it did get a little ponderous and plodding at times...A bit more editing would have tightened it up into a fast paced erudite and witty novel.

Aug 03, 2014

The title was promising. It took no more than 10 pages to find out what a dud this book was. 300 pages of nothing to say. The only place this kind of book could be interesting is if it became a scenario for a film. It might have worked. An over the top comedy, mind you. But with a beer and a bucket of pop-corn on a dull Saturday evening, it would have been a two hour spent really for nothing.

A boring book about a boring charachter who has little to commend himself. The time line follows 21 weeks of UI benifits and he is still an unredeamable neurotic in the end. Unless you like Woody Allen characters, give it a miss.


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