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A scathingly funny debut vel about disillusionment, indifference, and one man's desperate fight to assign absolutely meaning to modern life.The only thing Shane cares about is leaving. Usually on a Greyhound bus, right before his life falls apart again. Just like he planned. But this time it's complicated: there's a sadistic corporate climber who thinks she's his girlfriend, a rent-subsidized affair with his landlord's wife, and the bizarrely appealing deaf assistant to Shane's cosmically unstable dentist. When one of the women is murdered, and Shane is the only suspect who doesn't care eugh to act like he didn't do it, the question becomes just how he'll clear the good name he never had and doesn't particularly want: his own. The malaise of cubicle culture may be well-trodden comedic territory by w, but Neilan's debut skewers office life with a flourish for the grotesque. --The Village Voice
PAUL NEILAN recently left his mind-numbing job at an insurance company in Portland, Oregon, where he spent most of his time hiding in the bathroom and weeping. Born of this and many, many other humiliations, Apathy and Other Small Victories is his first novel.