Chump Change, Book 1

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Random House of Canada, Feb 11, 2011 - Fiction
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Of course, working at the Cosmodemonic Broadcasting Corporation as a news writer is not David Henry's first choice for employment. But circumstances conspire against him--his parents won't lend him money, girls won't talk to him at parties, magazines won't pay him enough, and the rent is due.

Feeling out of touch with his times--"Frankly, the 20th Century scares the shit out of me"--David Henry is often caught daydreaming, drink in hand, head in the clouds, wishing he were somewhere else. Sandwiched between Gen X and the Boomers, his is not the media's generation of choice, but rather a sensitive, desperate lot who see TV as the enemy, and Madonna as, well, just plain frightening.

But David Henry, hounded by a pack of vicious creditors, needs cash and needs it quickly. If there is a way to get it (legally) without a job, he'll do it. The next best thing is the Cosmodemonic hamsterwheel, a government-owned network chock-full of overpaid louts with their snouts in the trough. Not that he has any problem with that... "Government fat tastes just like chicken," says Mr. Henry--but there is always a downside to a Faustian pact, and he is about to find out what that is, and then some.


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User Review  - Danny Lindsay - Goodreads

This is an exceptional debut, seriously. Part of an unholy trinity of the Male Loser In The City subgenre, along with Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City and Arthur Nersesian's The Fuck-Up. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

Re-read. I enjoyed this tale of 20-something loserdom less now that I'm a 30-something loser. Some very amusing bits though. I ought to check out some of the author's later stuff. Read full review

Contents

1Man of Letters
2A Necessary Fiction
3Goodbye Manhattan
4Max
5Darlington
6Les and the Rents
7 The Burnished Monocle
8Levin
12The RentDay Miracle
13The Sardines of Poverty
14The CosmodemonicBroadcast Corporation
15Rise
16RESPECT
17The Dude Code
18Cyrano De Faust
19Fourteen Killed

9A Buck A Word
10Howdy Stranger
11A Lousy Lover
20Fall
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David Eddie was born in Boston in1961, and has lived in the Philippines, England, Hungary and Canada. He is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter for the East Hampton Star, letters correspondent for Newsweek magazine, a TV newswriter for the CBC, and as a film extra. He has written for several publications, including Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Books in Canada and Flare. He lives and works in Toronto.


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