Office Girl

Office Girl

eBook - 2012
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"Best-selling novelist Joe Meno is back with fantastic new novel about two young people and a visionary, doomed art movement. NO ONE DIES IN OFFICE GIRL. Nobody talks about the international political situation. There is no mention of any economic collapse. Nothing takes place during a World War. INSTEAD, THIS NOVEL IS ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE doing interesting things in the final moments of the last century. Odile is a lovely twenty-three-year-old art-school dropout, a minor vandal, and a hopeless dreamer. Jack is a twenty-five-year-old shirker who's most happy capturing the endless noises of the city on his out-of-date tape recorder. Together they decide to start their own art movement in defiance of a contemporary culture made dull by both the tedious and the obvious. Set in February 1999-just before the end of one world and the beginning of another-Office Girl is the story of two people caught between the uncertainty of their futures and the all-too-brief moments of modern life."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY, USA : Akashic Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781617751202
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (224 pages)
Additional Contributors: enki Library (Online service)

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Jilliemae Jan 12, 2013

Very much in the Miranda July/indie style where there are no extremes, plot twists or high drama, which can be refreshing. However, this book came close to being solid but fell short due to the lack of any real depth. The characters are a bit vapid and don't possess any real insight into their own lives. I was left wanting characters who had more personality, could actual identify how they were feeling and/or cared about something besides themselves.

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Heidikmac
Jan 12, 2013

I did not care for this book. I actually gave up on it after about sixty pages. It's saccharine and dull and about self-obsessed twenty-somethings who do nothing, are nothing, and will probably amount to nothing.

7bhjk Nov 14, 2012

Office Girl was alright. The writing style is very casual, making it an easy read. The story itself was okay, it was mostly focusing on Jack and Odile, not much else going on. I didn't find myself attached to the two main characters at all; I felt that Meno could have gone a lot farther with them, made them much deeper than they let on. I thought it was building up to something intense, but there was no real climax. It just kind of chugged along this straight path, without anything very eventful along the way. I was actually really angry when I got to the end, I was mad at how abrupt is was. It just cut you right off, without any closure at all. Afterwards I thought about it, and thought I kind of got when he was trying to say, but, it just wasn't very meaningful. Overall, I don't regret reading it, but I think there could have been a lot more to it.

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