As we've just noted in a letter we've submitted to the NYTBR, one of the best things about having a smart and literate readership (and an open comments policy), is that you guys help plug the gaps in our reading list. Responding to our Personal Days review, in which we struggled to come up with novels that take work as the central subject, a number of you have weighed in with your favorites in the comments box. We thought we'd "graduate" a few choices above the fold:
"Detail Muse" argues for Max Barry’s “Company”, Joseph Heller’s “Something Happened” (Larry Colby seconds this one), Stewart O’Nan’s “Last Night at the Lobster” and the short-story anthologies: “Labor Days” by David Gates (ed.) "Worker’s Write" series -- stories from the Cubicle; the Classroom; the Cash Register; and the Clinic; by David LaBounty (ed.).
Tod Goldberg points us to "a great novella about office life called Peasants" found in Gary Amdahl's new book "I Am Death."
Garth recommends "the Stanley Elkin oeuvre ... From The Franchiser and The Dick Gibson show to George Mills, Elkin is a master of exploring character through work."
Raul Garcia makes a pitch for Dagoberto Gilb's "The Magic of Blood," as well as Bukowski's "Post Office."
And Sabra Wineteer thinks we should check out Allegra Goodman's "Intuition."
You can always add your selection to the "Novels about Work" reading list in the comments box below. If only we'd spoken before we wrote the review!