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Overqualified by Joey Comeau
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May 27, 09

bookshelves: 2009, alternative-format, adult-fiction, canadian-authors
Read in May, 2009

I picked this up last night and got about 50 pages in before I reluctantly put it down, so I could sleep, and then I woke up and finished it before I physically got up to drink coffee. Reading before coffee! It's possible to do that, you know. I wouldn't have believed it before today. I am now living proof.

ANYWAY. Overqualified is a novel told in cover letters (if you're a fan of A Softer World, yer probably no stranger to Overqualified), by a dude named--oddly enough!-- Joey Comeau. BUT! It is not just a compilation of cover letters. There is a running narrative of grief and love and identity throughout. And it is presented in a grim, tongue-in-cheek, smart, sharp and whimsical, sorta nostalgic way that makes it hard to stop thinking about after you close the last page.

Mostly it is bleak and hilarious and heartbreaking.

Joey Comeau is a great writer. He does not waste a word.
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