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by Iain Levison

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ISBN:
1569473358
ISBN13:
978-1569473351
Author:
Iain Levison
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Soho Press; First Edition first Printing edition (July 1, 2003)
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176 pages
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4.1

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.

From the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, A Working Stiff’s Manifesto, comes this darkly entertaining first novel. Jake Skowran has been laid off from his job as a factory supervisor. The work he is offered is a lot less than legal, but he has little choice except to take it. He is going to carve off a piece of the economy or die trying. "Levison is the real deal . . . bracing, hilarious and dead on."—The New York Times Book Review
Reviews:
  • Blueshaper
Jake Skowran (not Skowron, like Moose) lives in a former factory town. The factory closed, and everyone is out of work. Things are miserable, and Jake's seething anger at the situation makes him ripe for the pickings when an unusual job offer comes his way. His transition from unemployment to a pair of jobs (hitman and convenience store clerk) provides a lot of new experience and allows him to see the world a little differently.

Levinson handles Jake's despair and bitterness well; looking at his previous books, it's not surprising that he writes them well. When Jake's experiences start changing him (for worse as well as for better), Levinson also handles that well. The supporting cast is believable and well established. The story was very relate-able. I really got a good sense for what Jake was going through and wanted to keep reading; this book flew by. The ending happened fast, but it was wrapped up well and very enjoyable. And it wasn't what I expected.

I could be talked into 4.5 stars but I am not quite ready to go the full 5.,
  • Drelajurus
Echoes the sly social commentary and dark humor of Richard Condon s Prizzis Honor books but with a greater immediacy and realism. Unlike Carl Hiassen, the comedy has deeper roots in the characters lives and motivations and therefore thankfully lacks a self consciously zany tone and instead flows organically from sane people trying to navigate a world revealed to be an insane free for all when corporations yank the rug out from under ordinary working people.
Levison is a welcome counterpoint to the grimness of the noir genre, a fantastic book.
  • Dagdatus
Funny reading, perhaps a bit difficult to understand if one isn't from USA and have never been in an icy, snowy town in USA, but the book is funny for real, the author who I know for a book I read before is a guy who knows where to hammer with humor, he sure manages to swirl you into the history. The naivete of the main character is so appealing that the laugh is authentic. Recommended.
  • Mr.Death
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. So why only three stars? Because the observational elements in the novel work (they read like essays) while the plot--a laid-off worker turning to murder for hire--was too morally repugnant for me to relax and enjoy the narrator's laughs and gags. Maybe it's just me, but it's hard for me to establish a bond with a cold-blooded murderer who happens to keep his warm humanity in reserve for the down and out working man. Another flaw--the novel's last act appears forced, a gratuitious plot line to make the novel languish toward the 178-page mark.
Having said this, I still like Levison. He is so smart and funny that I bought his nonfiction book, A Working Stiff's Manifesto, a satire about many of his cruddy jobs, which I look forward to reading.
  • Styphe
Iain Levison has written a novel that is at least as funny as his earlier comic memoir, "A Working Stiff's Manifesto." Here, his characters find drastic solutions to unemployment and indebtedness that are as hilarious as a Coen brothers movie. I couldn't put the book down, it was so entertaining! It reminded me of "Blood Simple."
  • Otiel
I bought this book when it came out last Spring and I must have read it five or six times already. A great story that is biting commentary on how the economic system we're all forced to live (and work) under is destroying our lives, country and planet. This book is extremely well-written. I highly recommend it!
  • Coirad
This is really a fun read. The sense of humor is hilarious, but that seems to add to the sense of suspense of this story. I highly recommend this book.
Loved this book, couldn't put it down until I was finished. An interesting look at one man's desperate choices after layoffs and factory closings in a small, forgotten town. Startling, funny, smart and insightful.