Helen DeWitt

Lightning Rods (first edition)

‘All I want is to be a success. That’s all I ask.’

Failing salesman Joe has a dream — or rather an outrageous fantasy. Because holed up in his trailer Joe comes up with a jaw-dropping plan that will stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace and make his fortune. Win-win? As he turns his life around, Lightning Rods takes us to the very top of corporate America…

Helen DeWitt follows her extraordinary debut The Last Samurai with a sharp, uproarious satire on modern life and corporate culture. A novel in the spirit of Mel Brooks’ The Producers.

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  • With an introduction by David Flusfeder.
  • In Prospect magazine, n+1 editor Richard Beck writes on America’s new literary generation. Lightning Rods is the one real alternative presented: ‘It opens up possibilities, both literary and political, that you hadn’t realised were there before.’
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Print status: Available
Author: Helen DeWitt
Original language: English
Format: Trade paperback with flaps
Publication date: 4 October 2012
ISBN: 9781908276117
Ebook ISBN: 9781908276155
Availability: UK, Europe and Commonwealth (excl. Canada)
Number of pages: 320