Kirby Olson Temping

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Temping is about a no-longer-so-young man who is a temporary secretary, then returns to graduate school, and gets a job teaching the theory of humor--in Finland, where he also manages a circus. The book opens in Seattle and encompasses Hong Kong, France and Finland. It has a love story, rivalries between the hero and other academics, religious ecstacy and several attempted murders. Its characters include Finland's saddest poet, an evil dwarf who is both circus performer and a senior Professor of the Comic, and a beautiful, young, blonde acrobat. Temping is a madcap take on the seriousness of life. And it has a happy ending!

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Kirby Olson is an assistant professor at SUNY-Delhi, teaching philosophy, mythology, and literature. He has been a freelance writer, publishing art and literary criticism, poetry and translations from the French in Partisan Review, Exquisite Corpse, Second Coming, American Book Review, Pacific Northwest Magazine, and other journals. Temping is his first novel.

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Anyone who spent time after college as a temp must have wondered at least once if they were doomed to temp forever. That is exactly what happens to 38-year-old Milhouse Moot. Milhouse has made temping a lifestyle. He refuses to have permanent relationships with jobs, women, friends, or places. When a bizarrely honest therapist talks the virginal Milhouse into attending graduate school, he finally gets a career and falls in love with a Finnish circus performer. The two marry and Milhouse winds up teaching humor in famously humorless Finland. From Seattle to Hong Kong to Finland and back to Seattle, this absurdist fable follows Milhouse's search for a life. The black comedy is by turns frustrating and enjoyable. Marta Segal
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