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ECW Press, 2009 - Fiction - 94 pages
Overqualified's cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is hilarious, and you can't stop laughing, and as soon as it's over you want to tell all your friends about the slap. You know the kind? Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics "Joey Comeau's Overqualified is Judy Blume s Are You There God? It s Me, Margaret as chewed up and spit out by J. G. Ballard. . . . A book whose melancholy is leavened by a surprising hilarity. Paul Di Filippo, author of The Steampunk Trilogy and Cosmocopia Cover letters are all the same. They're useless. You write the same lies over and over again, listing the store-bought parts of yourself that you respect the least. God knows how they tell anyone apart, but this is how it's done. And then one day a car comes out of nowhere, and suddenly everything changes and you don't know if he'll ever wake up. You get out of bed in the morning, and when you sit down to write another paint-by-numbers cover letter, something entirely different comes out. You start threatening instead of begging. You tell impolite jokes. You talk about your childhood and your sexual fantasies. You sign your real name and you put yourself honestly into letter after letter and there is no way you are ever going to get this job. Not with a letter like this. And you send it anyway."

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User Review  - bposinger - LibraryThing

This was one of the best books I have ever read. Joey Comeau represents a new style of writing that draws readers in and holds their interest. His writing is certainly unusual. All I can say is that I don't think there is anyone out there who wouldn't be affected in some way by his work. Read full review

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User Review  - matthew254 - LibraryThing

Overqualified geniusly employs one of the most original concepts for a story: the author's collection of actual cover letters sent with résumés to major companies chronicle his complicated struggle ... Read full review

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Joey Comeau is the author of Lockpick Pornography and Too Late to Say I'm Sorry, as well as the popular web comic A Softer World. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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