Selling Ben Cheever

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2002 - Unskilled labor - 320 pages
Ben Cheever's - former editor at Reader's Digest, husband of a New York Times book critic, son of Pulitzer-prize-winning author - found himself out of a job. He skimmed the want-ads, and before he knew it he had been a security guard, a salesman, and even a volunteer Santa Claus. Here, he chronicles life on the other side of the counter.

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SELLING BEN CHEEVER: Back to Square One in a Service Economy

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Putting down his pen and taking a series of jobs in the tag end of the service economy, novelist Cheever (Famous After Death, 1999, etc.) finds a host of sad and funny stories. From the outset, the ... Read full review

Selling Ben Cheever: back to square one in a service economy

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You've heard the moral of Cheever's tale before: never shop retail. Actually, that's only a by-the-by message of this quick-reading riff on working life in the malls of America, conceived when this ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

No one wanted to publish Ben Cheever's third novel. With America in the throes of downsizing fever, Ben - former editor at Reader's Digest, husband of a New York Times book critic, son of Pulitzer-prize-winning author - found himself out of a job. Redundant. Unemployed. And with limited prospects. Mustering his courage, he skimmed the want-ads, made some phone calls, went to interviews, and before he knew it he had been a security guard, a computer salesman, and even a volunteer Santa Claus.
Rejected by Brooks Brothers, bored in a bookshop, a good cop then a bad cop before settling down as a sandwich maker, Cheever eventually attains professional Nirvana as a car salesman. With a keen eye for the ridiculous (especially in himself) he brilliantly chronicles life on the other side of the counter.
Benjamin Cheever is the author of three novels, The Plagiarist, The Partisan (Editor's Choice of the New York Times Best Books of 1994) and Famous A

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