Jennifer Government

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 6, 2004 - Fiction - 336 pages
5 Reviews
A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.

"Funny and clever.... A kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove.... [Barry] unleashes enough wit and surprise to make his story a total blast." --The New York Times Book Review

"Wicked and wonderful.... [It] does just about everything right.... Fast-moving, funny, involving." --The Washington Post Book World

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It's a brave new corporate world, but you don't want to be caught without a platinum credit card--as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she's allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale--and everything must go.

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User Review  - fulner - LibraryThing

This book was excellent for what it is. It is a novel of a "dystopian" future, almost a Communist Atlas Shrugged, where the government is so small people cannot tell which one of these guys is the US ... Read full review

Absurd, poignant, and entertaining as hell!

User Review  - Gilgox - Borders

A ripping good read! You will be amused and pained in equal measure with Barry's somewhat surreal, street-smart view of a future swallowed by the maw of radical capitalism. Packed with action, wit and ... Read full review

Selected pages


44 Collaboration
45 Execution
46 Resumption
48 na
49 The Gap
50 Team Advantage
51 US Alliance

7 MercedesBenz
8 Violet Enterprises
9 Government
10 American Express
11 Hack
12 Jennifer
13 Billy
14 Jennifer
15 Violet
16 Hack
17 Buy
18 Jennifer
19 Billy
20 Hack
21 Violet
22 Buy
23 Jennifer
24 Billy
25 Jennifer
26 Egress
27 Dislocation
28 Espial
29 Clemency
30 Ascendancy
31 Declivity
32 Agency
33 Cecity
34 Competition
35 Serendipity
36 Transposition
37 Inadvertency
38 Discontinuance
39 Pertinacity
40 Acculturation
41 Intersection
42 Revelation
43 Apostasy
52 General Motors
53 NRAGround
54 Government
55 US Alliance
56 NRAAir
57 Hack
58 John
59 Buy
60 Jennifer
61 Hack
62 Violet
63 John
64 Buy
65 Billy
66 Jennifer
67 Hack
68 Violet
69 Buy
70 John
71 Jennifer
72 Disintegration
73 Vantage
74 Assault
75 Threat
76 Divestiture
77 Emancipation
78 Hubris
79 Loss
80 Reciprocity
81 Fortitude
82 Ancestry
83 Redemption
84 Procurance
85 Completion
86 Rehabilitation

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About the author (2004)

Max Barry is an Australian, for which he apologizes. He is the author of the cult hit Syrup, although he spelled his name “Maxx” for that novel, “because it seemed like a funny joke about marketing, and I failed to realize everyone would assume I was a pretentious asshole.” He was born on March 18, 1973, and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he writes full-time, the advantage being that he can do it while wearing boxer shorts.

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