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Temporary

Temporary

ISBN
9780571363865
Published
18/02/2021
9780571363865
Format
Paperback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

'Terrifyingly entertaining.' Kelly Link
'Masterful.' Washington Post
''Alice in Wonderland set in the gig economy.' New York Times
'What is this?' Los Angeles Times
Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's 2020 First Novel Prize

18 boyfriends. 23 jobs. One ghost who occasionally pops in to give advice. Welcome to the world of the Temporary.


'There is nothing more personal than doing your job'. So goes the motto of the Temporary, as she takes job after job, in search of steadiness, belonging, and something to call her own. Aided by her bespoke agency and a cast of boyfriends – each allotted their own task (the handy boyfriend, the culinary boyfriend, the real estate boyfriend) – she is happy to fill in for any of us: for the Chairman of the Board, a ghost, a murderer, a mother. Even for you, and for me.

Wild, hopeful, infinitely sad and infinitely funny, Temporary is the smartest, most humane story of what it is to work and live, here and now.

'Terrifyingly entertaining.' Kelly Link'Masterful.' Washington Post''Alice in Wonderland set in the gig economy.' New York Times'What is this?' Los Angeles TimesShortlisted for the Center for Fiction's 2020 First Novel Prize18 boyfriends. 23 jobs. One ghost who occasionally pops in to give advice. Welcome to the world of the Temporary. 'There is nothing more personal than doing your job'. So goes the motto of the Temporary, as she takes job after job, in search of steadiness, belonging, and something to call her own. Aided by her bespoke agency and a cast of boyfriends – each allotted their own task (the handy boyfriend, the culinary boyfriend, the real estate boyfriend) – she is happy to fill in for any of us: for the Chairman of the Board, a ghost, a murderer, a mother. Even for you, and for me.Wild, hopeful, infinitely sad and infinitely funny, Temporary is the smartest, most humane story of what it is to work and live, here and now.
  • Hilary Leichter

    Hilary Leichter has been published in the New York Timesn+1, the New Yorker, the Cut, and Conjunctions. She teaches writing at Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

    Photo credit: Sylvie Rosokoff

“A brisk, wildly imaginative first novel… you can hear an old note in American fiction… [the] violent, surreal, often cartoonish scenarios delivered deadpan that draw attention to the freakishness of ordinary life — from writers like Donald Barthelme, Gordon Lish, Ben Marcus… Crisp, swift and sardonic, Temporary reads like a comic and mournful Alice in Wonderland set in the gig economy, an eerily precise portrait of ourselves in a cracked mirror.”
- New York Times
“A narrative so deliciously allusive and disarmingly literal that this reader kept thinking maximum glee had been attained, only for the glee to somehow grow even more maximal just a few sentences later.”
- Helen Oyeyemi