Treasure's Reviews > Fat, Forty, and Fired: One man's frank, funny, and inspiring account of losing his job and finding his life

Fat, Forty, and Fired by Nigel Marsh
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Mar 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: grown-up-books
Read from April 18 to May 01, 2010

What could have been trite and predictable was instead a hilarious, brutally honest tale of a man's decision to not pursue finding another job immediately after losing one, but instead figuring out who he is as a forty year old man and father of four. He gains new appreciation for his wife, but at no point refers to her as a saint-- he points out her faults as well. He talks about his own successed and failures, and while honest about his many mistakes, he too points out what he learns to do well and what he learns about himself and his hilarious and lovely children. He is an intelligent, caring man and works through his childhood difficulties, as well as the social stigma of not working. Did I mention it begins when he has butt surgery? And that later on he thinks that he is about to be attacked by sharks in Australia? And realizes he is an alcoholic? Excellent.

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