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“Working In Heaven Can Be Hell”


Simon rich is not just any comedian. He is the youngest writer ever hired on the popular American comedy TV show, Saturday Night Live. He has a new novel out about a God that googles himself, plays golf, and likes Asian food. Sounds fun, funny, and disturbing in all the right ways. Both happy and unhappy angels are on hand to give you the dish on what it’s like working alongside God, the incompetent C.E.O of Heaven Inc., a transplanetary corporation that sounds very much like what Google dreams of becoming.

Look, if you haven’t read any book this summer, don’t waste time feeling bad and beating yourself up for being the uncultured philistine that you kind of are. There are a few more days left before the summer officially ends, so pick up What in God’s Name. HERE. It sounds like one of those novels that just about anyone will enjoy.

But first, read the synopsis below to see if it tickles your fancy:

“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”goodreads.com

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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