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ECW Press
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Joey Comeau writes the comic A Softer World, which has appeared recently in The Guardian and been profiled in Rolling Stone, and which Publisher's Weekly called, "subtle and dramatic." His self-published first novel, Lockpick Pornography, sold out its print run of 1000 books in just three months. In 2007 he published It's Too Late to Say I'm Sorry, a collection of short stories. The A Softer World website (asofterworld.com) has been online since 2003 and has an average daily readership of 70,000 people worldwide.


"There have been spoof letter-writing books in the past, like "The Lazlo Letters" by Don Novello (a.k.a. Father Guido Sarducci) and several that followed. While [this] protagonist in is just as unhinged as his predecessors, he's significantly less giddy. A real story unfolds in these pages, about a departed brother and the sibling left behind. It's sad and fragmented and, in places, funny. This slender epistolary novel is charming." --"Los Angeles Times" Jacket Copy online
"Unlike anything you've ever read. Each of Joey Comeau's letters comments, sometimes subtley, sometimes not, on the emptiness of the system . . . while it simultaneously reveals the humor, beauty, and pain that is all else in life." --About.com
"A collection of wry, clever and demoniacal job-application letters, teeming with knife-edged malice and stomach-tearing hilarity . . . Successfully deludes the fear of the faceless corporate entity by empowering the faceless applicant." --"Globe and Mail"
"A sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-crushingly sad romp through a man's swelling nihilism and disenchantment. --MonstersAndCritics.com
"Joey Comeau's collection of real cover letters, "Overqualified, " is pretty much sui generis. Not to mention sweetly written, bitter and bitterly funny . . . One of the season's most remarkable books." --Macleans.ca
""Overqualified"'s cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is hilarious, and you can't stop laughing, and as soon as it's over you want to tell all your friends about the slap. You know the kind?" --Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics
"Joey Comeau has made the unreadable not just readable, but beguiling in its digressions and personal revelations." "--Eye Magazine"
"Joey Comeau's "Overqualified" is Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" as chewed up and spit out by J. G. Ballard. . . . A book whose melancholy is leavened by a surprising hilarity." --Paul Di Filippo, author, "The Steampunk Triology" and "Cosmocopia"