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LISA OWENS

 

Not Working - Lisa Owens (2016)

 

Generation Yer Claire is taking a break from work to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She has quit her job in “creative communications” and started applying for a variety of jobs hoping something will stand out as her potential vocation. Told vignette style, the book details her relationship with her very understanding boyfriend Luke, a trainee brain surgeon no less; her fallout with her mother after a family dispute; and her father facing his own job insecurity. It has plenty of wry and insightful observations about all the mundane and ordinary parts of life that Claire now notices because she’s got time on her hands. The writing is clever, and the storyline will appeal to those who are feeling lost about their own future (being Gen X, I found it all a bit overindulgent!) The book is set in London but the narrator and her sense of humour didn’t convey a sense of Britishness to me. In fact, I checked up on the author halfway through as I thought she must have been an American living in England (she’s not by the way). Suspect this one will have a divided response – it may work for you … or it may not. 6/10

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