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A wryly comic first novel about life after the pink slip
“There’s nothing amusing about getting laid off—except when it’s a story told by the brilliant Terry Shine, one of the funniest writers I know.”
NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU (Crown, September 7, 2010), is T. M. Shine’s all-too-real debut novel about a man forced to leave behind the security and predictability of his past to face his dysfunctional family and a world disinclined to do him any favors.
Trying to stretch his meager severance, he takes on sporadic day work trying everything from dressing as the Statue of Liberty to breeding sucker fish to cleaning pools at
foreclosed homes (Shine has plenty of inspiration to draw from, having worked his own
Inspired by a cover story Shine wrote for the Washington Post Magazine (after losing his job of nearly eighteen years) called “Terminated: Desperately Seeking Plan B,” NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU showcases Shine’s mordant wit and perfect comic timing. On sale September 7, the novel is timed perfectly to coincide with Labor Day (September 6). NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU is a story of picking up the pieces and using them to create an entirely new self.
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About the Author
T. M. Shine is an award-winning journalist and author based in South Florida who has written on topics ranging from spending a month in fourth grade at the age of thirty-two to hunting down an elusive Lizard Man in the backwoods of South Carolina. A frequent contributor to the Washington Post Magazine, he has written for numerous publications and been featured on National Public Radio’s This American Life. He is the author of two memoirs: Fathers Aren’t Supposed to Die and Timeline: A Month in the Life of a Guy Who Refuses. He is also the inventor of “whimsical mowing” and the “chew kiss.”
A Novel Without Pay, Perks, or Privileges
by T. M. Shine
Crown Publishers * On Sale: September 7, 2010 * 304 pages
$23.00 hardcover * ISBN: 978-0-307-58985-9
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