Monday, January 23, 2023

Nine novels about losing (and finding) yourself in work

Josh Riedel was the first employee at Instagram, where he worked for several years before earning his MFA from the University of Arizona. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Passages North, and Sycamore Review.

Please Report Your Bug Here is his first novel.

He lives in San Francisco, California.

At Electric Lit Riedel tagged nine novels about losing (and finding) yourself in work, including:
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Part modern fairy tale, part existentialist thriller, this book lives in the same universe as the TV show Severance, though it was written several years before. The protagonist, Josephine, desperate for money, takes on a data-entry job. But it’s not immediately clear what the purpose of the work is. Only later does the truth about her work begin to take shape in her mind. A workplace novel that captures the surreal psychological isolation of the office worker.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Beautiful Bureaucrat is among Sophie Stein's nine top books to put your job in perspective.

The Page 69 Test: The Beautiful Bureaucrat.

--Marshal Zeringue