Red Meat Cures Cancer

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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What would you do if you were a few months from collecting early retirement—a pension for which you’d sucked up and sycophanted almost twenty years—when your obscenely overweight and extremely crass boss told you that if you didn’t raise the company’s market share by the end of the year, you’d be out on your ass without a dime?

If you’re Sky Thorne, Senior V.P. of Tailburger—a fringe fast food chain whose specialties are batter dipped, deep-fried meat patties and 96-oz. beef-flavored shakes—you’ll get to work on as many harebrained, desperate schemes as you can think of. And if that means launching a marketing campaign that asks the public, “Why just abuse your body when you can torture it?” then damn it, that’s what you’ll do! Because Sky Thorne is ready to fight dirty and do anything necessary to earn the pension he sees as the reset button on life, liberty, and the pursuit of unadulterated deep-fried happiness.

Red Meat Cures Cancer is a hilarious and poignant romp through a world of excess, and marks the arrival of a great new satirical voice in American literature.

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Red Meat Cures Cancer by Starbuck O'Dwyer I had a hard time getting into this book but about half way in I knew I had to finish and I still haven't decided if I liked it or not. I did find some parts ... Read full review


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Starbuck O'Dwyer, a native of Rochester, New York and a graduate of Princeton, Oxford, and Cornell, writes novels, essays, short stories, screenplays, and music under his given middle name. His critically-acclaimed debut novel, Red Meat Cures Cancer (Random House/Vintage Books), won two national writing awards for humor and was selected for the 2007 One Book One Vancouver reading program. His writing, which has been described as "comic genius" by Kirkus Reviews, has been featured in forums as diverse as Entertainment Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Flaunt, Toro, Japanophile, The Journal NewsPW Daily, and The Boston Globe, and he has appeared on a wide variety of radio and television programs including guest spots on ESPN 2, WGN, Voice of America, and PBS. His collection of stories, How to Raise a Good Kid, a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (parenting) and a finalist in the 2011 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards (both essay and humor categories), has been translated into Afrikaans and is presently being translated into Chinese, Dutch, Italian, German, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. Similarly, his second novel, Goliath Gets Up, a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (humor), has been translated into Chinese and is presently being translated into Spanish. His latest story collection, High School Dance, reached #1 on the Amazon kindle best-seller list in both the Humor & Entertainment and Parenting & Relationships categories and has been translated into Spanish.

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