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Temporary (Emily Books) (Paperback)

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What a strange, wonderful journey this book is! Hilary Leichter is an exciting new voice in literary fiction. Told with marvelous, funny, language, Temporary offers a look at the gig economy through a surreal lens that I've never seen before and didn't know I needed. I find myself thinking about this excellent novel again and again as we contend with what our work will look like when this health crisis is over (and if it matters). Leichter reminds me that though we often try to define ourselves by our careers, we are always more than the mold we we've taken up. —Emma

— From Temporary by Hilary Leichter


In Temporary, a young woman's workplace is the size of the world. She fills increasingly bizarre placements in search of steadiness, connection, and something, at last, to call her own. Whether it's shining an endless closet of shoes, swabbing the deck of a pirate ship, assisting an assassin, or filling in for the Chairman of the Board, for the mythical Temporary, "there is nothing more personal than doing your job."

This riveting quest, at once hilarious and profound, will resonate with anyone who has ever done their best at work, even when the work is only temporary.

About the Author

Hilary Leichter is author of the novel Temporary. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, Harper's, n+1, Bookforum, Conjunctions, the Cut, and American Short Fiction. She teaches at Columbia University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781566895668
ISBN-10: 1566895669
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Emily Books
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Last Updated At: 12/3/2020 07:37am
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