written by Joe Meno
Akashic Books | ISBN 9781617750762
Hardback – 224 pages
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"Meno has constructed a snow-flake delicate inquiry into alienation and longing. Illustrated with drawings and photographs and shaped by tender empathy, buoyant imagination, and bittersweet wit, this wistful, provocative, off-kilter love story affirms the bonds forged by art and story." "--Booklist (starred review)" "The talented Chicago-based Meno has composed a gorgeous little indie romance, circa 1999...A sweetheart of a novel, complete with a hazy ending." "--Kirkus Reviews" "High on quirk and hipster cred." "--Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)" 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 Jack is a twenty-five-year-old shirker who's most happy capturing the endless noises of the city on his out-of-date tape recorder.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.