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After the Workshop by John McNally
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Oct 28, 10

bookshelves: funny, literary
Read from October 05 to 26, 2010

A hilariously snarky dig on the cutthroat world of writing and publishing. Jack Hercules Sheahan graduates from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and manages to get one of his short stories published in a Best American Short Stories anthology. Sadly, it's all downhill from there. Jack starts to work on a novel, which defeats him, and we find him twelve years later, still living in Iowa and working as a media escort for all of the hot new authors who have succeeded where he failed. John McNally manages to paint Jack as a sympathetic and believable character and a self-centered loser at the same time. There's also a great cast of supporting characters and enough random plot twists to keep the most critical of readers entertained. Loved this book, and you should too.
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