Personal Days

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Random House Trade
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5.17 X 0.54 X 7.99 inches | 0.42 pounds
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About the Author

Ed Park is a founding editor of The Believer and a former editor of the Voice Literary Supplement. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and many other publications. He lives in Manhattan, where he publishes The New-York Ghost.


""Personal Days" feels like a lot of jobs do. It starts off a lighthearted adventure in white-collar living, then spirals into something more sober. [Park's] sardonic humor will ring true to cube monkeys everywhere, and he succeeds in creating an oddly haunting, ultimately entertaining portrait of office life and the tenuous yet powerful relationships we build with colleagues."
-"Fast Company"
"Hysterical...Park's story is set in an absurd yet believable workplace where personnel, shutting down their computers for the weekend, earnestly consider the pop-up question, 'Are you sure you want to quit?'"
"What at first appears to be a Dilbert-esque story soon twists into a dizzying, surreal tale in which even the card-key readers conceal sinister purposes."
"If you think Pam and Jim have it bad, try spending a day with Lizzie, Jonah, and Pru at their '"Office"'-like company.
You'll laugh, cringe, and thank God you don't work there." -- "Cosmopolitan"
"A warm and winning fiction debut." -- "Publishers Weekly"""
"Absolutely brilliant and lovable." -Heidi Julavits, author of" The Uses of Enchantment"
"I laughed until they put me in a mental hospital. But "Personal Days" is so much more than satire. Underneath Park's masterly portrait of wasted workaday lives is a pulsating heart, and an odd, buoyant hope." -- Gary Shteyngart, author of "Absurdistan"
"I flew through this book, laughing all the way to the Bernhardian ending."
-- Vendela Vida, author of "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
"The funniest book I've read about the way we work now." -William Poundstone, author of" Fortune's Formula"
"EdPark captures the camaraderie and confusion of a gang of coworkers trying desperately to maintain their sanity in a randomly cruel, always-downsizing corporate world." "It's the ideal read for anyone who has ever felt possessive about a stapler, confused by their boss's behavior, or suspicious of the stranger who works two cubicles down." -- Amanda Filipacchi, author of "Love Creeps"
""Personal Days" is" "an existential ghost story for the twenty-first century, and most enchanting contribution to 'Office Lit' since Nicholson Baker's "The Mezzanine,"" -- Jenny Davidson, author of "Heredity "