Care of Wooden Floors

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Fiction - 295 pages
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A witty debut novel about a housesitting gig gone terribly, hilariously wrong.

A British copywriter stays for a week at his composer friend Oskar's elegant, ultramodern apartment in a glum Eastern European city. The instructions are simple: feed the cats, don't touch the piano, and make sure nothing harms the priceless wooden floors. Content for the first time in ages, he accidentally spills some wine. Over the course of a week, both the apartment and the narrator's sanity fall apart in this original and “weirdly addictive” (Daily Mail) novel.

As the situation in and out of the sleek apartment spirals out of control, more of Oskar's notes appear, taking on an insistent—even sinister—tone. Care of Wooden Floors is a must-read for anyone who's ever bungled a housesitting gig, or felt inferior to a perfectionist friend—that is to say, all of us.

 

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User Review  - ToddSherman - LibraryThing

I'm always impressed when I stumble upon a book that seems to have such a sparse plot that it can't possibly meet the requirements of a full novel and then proves me wrong. This story doesn't just ... Read full review

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

Oskar, a composer who is also an obsessive/compulsive cleanliness nut, has asked the narrator to house sit for him while he is out of the country. Oskar leaves detailed instructions--please do not ... Read full review

Contents

DAY ONE
1
DAY TWO
31
DAY THREE
53
DAY FOUR
80
DAY FIVE
135
DAY SIX
181
DAY SEVEN
223
DAY EIGHT
274
Back Matter
297
Back Flap
299
Back Cover
300
Spine
301
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WILL WILES is a journalist and contributor to Icon, a monthly architecture and design magazine in the U.K. His work has also appeared in Cabinet and New Statesman, among other publications. Will lives with his wife in London. Visit his blog at willwiles.blogspot.com

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