Fat Bald Jeff: A Novel

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Grove Press, 2001 - Fiction - 208 pages
8 Reviews
A wild spoof of office politics and slacker style, Fat Bald Jeff takes us on a mad journey through the cocktail parties, heinous apartments, mindless drudgery, and thrift-store refinement that are the twenty-something experience. It skewers the evil boss everyone suffers at least once, giving the downtrodden a chance to get even, as well as something to laugh about.

Addie Prewitt is a copy editor for the National Association of Libraries. When her boss, the repulsive Coddles, heaps another new project on her department -- with no additional remuneration naturally -- she decides she's had enough. She spends her days battling with her rommate, Val Wayne Newton, about whether Black Sabbath or Neil Diamond will occupy the turntable and her nights beating her overeager suitor, Martin Lemming, away from the door of her boudoir. When she discovers a piece of vile pornography in Coddles's dry cleaning, she has the means to retaliate. Meanwhile, Fat Bald Jeff, the tech-support guy who has to cope with her mechanical self-sabotage, turns out to be even more disaffected than she, and they hatch the ultimate plan to give the pigs some of their own medicine. With a surreal wit and a keen eye that bring to mind Lily Tomlin set loose in Dilbert-world, Fat Bald Jeff is a sharp satire and a paean to the petty humiliations of workers everywhere.

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User Review  - lorimarie - LibraryThing

Perhaps one of the funniest books I've ever read. This is one of those books that just beg to be shared aloud to friends over the phone, husbands sitting in the next room, strangers on the bus! It's laugh out loud funny. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Madison - Goodreads

"Which Jeff?" "Fat bald, fat bald!" Years after reading this book, that line still makes me laugh out loud. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Leslie Stella is the author of three previous novels of contemporary adult fiction, Unimaginable Zero Summer, The Easy Hour, and Fat Bald Jeff. She was a founding editor of the Chicago-based politics and satire magazine Lumpen, and her work has been published in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Bust, Easy Listener, and anthologized in The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe (edited by Playboy's Chip Rowe), a collection of essays and articles from the obsessive, frequently bizarre world of zines. Leslie was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize in short fiction. Permanent Record is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Illinois with her husband and their children.

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