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Temp: Life in the Stagnant Lane

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"Local Boy Makes Good, Dies of Trying Soon After." Fearful of this epitaph, Gary Gray seeks to avoid career pressures by working as a temp. Unfortunately, Gary repeatedly gets into trouble by being too conscientious and outperforming the permanent employees. No matter how hard Gary tries to be a meek office worker, he can't seem to stop himself from becoming a competitive ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 17th 2010 by Createspace
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Andrew
Jan 23, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
Gary works as a temp to avoid the pressures of ambition and career growth - things he had experienced as the manager of a bookshop. The problem is that now he experiences even more stress; from having to ignore incompetence, to having to fake incompetence of his own, Gary finds that being a temp is largely about sinking to the level of his co-workers.

Nagele has a wonderful turn of phrase and a genuine eye for the absurd, which combined to create hilarious reading. While it took some time for me
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Aug 18, 2011 Sandy Wolters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still basking in the afterglow of the best laugh I've had in years.

I'm just going to say it. Temp: Life In The Stagnant Lane by Scott Nagele was the funniest thing I've ever read. I started laughing on the first page and didn't stop until I finished the book. No, wait, that's wrong because I'm still laughing about it. Several times I had to put my Kindle down and reach for a tissue because I was laughing so hard, tears were rolling down my face and I couldn't see to read. If you are looking
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Scott Nagele grew up in the Mohawk Valley of New York State. He now lives in Michigan with his wife and three sons. Scott’s writing has been published in Berkeley Fiction Review and other literary journals. His novels are: Temp: Life in the Stagnant Lane, A Housefly in Autumn, and Wasted Moons. He is also author of the short story collection, A Smile Through a Tear. When he is not writing, he goes ...more
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