The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life

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You can't escape him. He swerves in and out of your life as if effortlessly walking through a crowded restaurant. He's a passive-aggressive master. He's as undetectable as a whisper and as effective as a tiny toxic pill. You probably went to school with him, and he knows everything you've done-every foolish secret ambition you've nurtured, everyone you wish you'd never slept with, every lame, fleeting trend you've embraced. The Underminer throws you into a spiral of self-doubt each time you see him. But...the Underminer is your friend. With this book, Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan channel this hilarious and mysterious evil that we all have encountered. Through 15 years of booming successes and miserable failures, they pursue this powerful "friend" as he slowly and relentlessly dismantles the life of a nameless victim. Here is the subtle slayer of your hopes, the tactful destroyer of your dreams: the Underminer.

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About the Author:

Mike Albo is a writer and performer who has performed his comedic monologues all over the country and abroad, in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, and London. His first novel, Hornito, was published in 2000.

Virginia Heffernan, who co-writes with Albo for his performances, is a television critic for the New York Times.

Review:

"A treasure.wickedly funny.Studded with comic gems that beg to be read out loud." (Chicago Tribune )

"An insincere, name-dropping predator with a rise so meteoric that `you' feel like crawling into your sad little apartment and eating gallons of ice cream right out of the carton while sniffling over reruns of old Bette Davis movies." (New York Times Book Review )

"A character that is so malicious, so insensitive and sadistic, that we can only gape horror-struck as every venomous phrase rolls off her tongue." (Rocky Mountain News )

"A psychological predator of the highest order. A viper cloaked in velvet. The Shaquille O''Neal of schadenfreude." (Boston Globe )

"An ego-skewering, passive-aggressive blowhard of indeterminate gender, surfing annoyingly along the breaking waves of pop and consumer culture-from dot-com to New Age, from hip-hop to a yurt in Afghanistan-always on top and armed with a put-down." (New York Times )

"The `friend' who somehow manages to turn every compliment into an incredibly subtle insult, thus making you wonder whether you are truly the most neurotic person in all of Manhattan-or if your friend is just, well, evil." (New York Post )

"The person in your life who always does things before you, better than you, and far more profitably than you. The kind of person who manages to express that she cares about you in a way that makes you want to kill yourself." (Chicago Sun-Times )

"The Underminer is a small voice whispering in your ear, `Read me.'" (Newsday )

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