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  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

My husband picked this out for himself and I stole it after forgetting my book on a trip. Closer to the "light read" that "literary" side of the scale ("light literary?" Is that a genre?), it was enjoyable, if a bit drawn out in spots. Read full review

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User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

”My old friend, Again, thank you for your help in what is sadly such a difficult time for me. The flat is not large and what I need from you not great, it is mainly a business of knowing that there is ... 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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