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The Gum Thief



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Author
Coupland, Douglas
Descriptors
Contemporary Fiction
Death and Dying
Divorce
Eccentricity
Friendship
Literate Fiction
Middle-Aged Persons
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Time Period:
2000s
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Summary
Middle-aged, divorced, depressed and working at Staples, an office supply store, Roger is an alcoholic who believes that life is hardly worth living. Roger’s co-worker is 24-year-old Bethany, who’s stuck in a Goth phase and similarly depressed by the number of people in her life who have recently died. The two begin an unlikely friendship when they begin corresponding in Roger's journal, where he is writing his terrible, Edward Albee-esque novel, `Glove Pond.`
Critique
Smart, funny, goofy, and touching. While the characters are bitter, they are also sympathetic. Readers will root for Roger and Bethany's success. Coupland has a unique style that makes his novels memorable.
ISBN
9781596911062
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# of Pages
288
Published
2007
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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