Iain Levison is a Scottish-American writer born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1963
Iain Levison is a Scottish-American writer born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1963. Levison graduated from Villanova University, where he received an English degree that became part of the premise for his first commercial success, the memoir A Working Stiff's Manifesto. Since that book's publication in 2002, he has published six additional books, mainly fast-paced crime novels with themes such as economic inequality, workers' rights, alienation, and gun control in the United States
Since the layoffs : a novel, Iain Levison. p. cm. ISBN 1-56947-335-8 (alk. paper). eISBN 978-1-56947-921-6.
Published by Soho Press Inc. 853 Broadway New York, NY 10003. Since the layoffs : a novel, Iain Levison.
The novel is very compelling in the beginning because Levison has a sharp, pungent way of describing the malaise that follows factory layoffs. The narrator is extremely funny.
Since the Layoffs book. dark, satirical comedy. He lives in Philadelphia. This is the second Levison book I’ve read (this is his first novel). Another thoroughly enjoyable book with some themes that I recognize as ones that will be recurring (in How to Rob an Armored Car. ).
Iain Levison crime has shocked the city. Not on the front page, anyway. There’s a lot of stuff about a local hospital closing its doors because no one can pay their bills anymore, and some Washington pol got caught doing something bad with funds earmarked for some great cause. Never heard of him. I flip back to page two. Nothing. Trouble in the Congo and the Middle East
This dark, satirical comedy written with the deadpan humor Levison used so well in his first book, A Working Stiff’s Manifesto (USA Today).
This dark, satirical comedy written with the deadpan humor Levison used so well in his first book, A Working Stiff’s Manifesto (USA Today). Jake Skowran has been laid off from his job as a factory supervisor. Fortunately, he’s been offered other work. Unfortunately, it is as a hired killer.
Iain Levison can find work but not fulfillment. The frustration of dead-end, deadhead labor induces a kind of pink-slip payback syndrome as the realization sets in that his college degree will gain him little by way of psychic wages on the job. He is adrift in a workaday world where one human is as good as the next and all are expendable. In ten years, Iain Levison has lived in six states and worked at forty-two jobs, from fish cutter in Alaska to furniture mover in North Carolina, film-set gopher, oil deliveryman, truck driver, crab fisherman. He quit thirty of them, got fired from nine, and has difficulty remembering the other three. Whatever could go wrong often did, hilariously.
Still, there's something even more insidious about the layoff. Though this is Levison's first novel, it is his second book.
Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work Still, there's something even more insidious about the layoff. His first was the humorous, though not exactly uplifting, Working Stiff's Manifesto, a memoir of 42 jobs he worked over the course of 10 years.
Since the Layoffs: A Novel, Soho Press (New York, NY), 2003. SIDELIGHTS: Iain Levison writes about his long, varied work history in his first book, A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember.