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The Gum Thief

(2007)
A novel by

 
The first and only story of love and looming apocalypse set in the aisles of an office supply superstore.

In Douglas Coupland's ingenious new novel—sort of a Clerks meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf—we meet Roger, a divorced, middle-aged “aisles associate” at Staples, condemned to restocking reams of 20-lb. bond paper for the rest of his life. And Roger's co-worker Bethany, in her early twenties and at the end of her Goth phase, who is looking at fifty more years of sorting the red pens from the blue in aisle 6.
One day, Bethany discovers Roger's notebook in the staff room. When she opens it up, she discovers that this old guy she's never considered as quite human is writing mock diary entries pretending to be her: and, spookily, he is getting her right.
These two retail workers then strike up an extraordinary epistolary relationship. Watch as their lives unfold alongside Roger's work-in-progress, the oddly titled Glove Pond, a Cheever-era novella gone horribly, horribly wrong. Through a complex layering of narratives, The Gum Thief reveals the comedy, loneliness, and strange comforts of contemporary life.
Coupland electrifies us on every page of this witty, wise, and unforgettable novel. Love, death and eternal friendship can all transpire where we least expect them …and even after tragedy seems to have wiped your human slate clean, stories can slowly rebuild you.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-7531-8096-0 / 978-0-7531-8096-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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November 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Gum Thief Boxed Set
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 1-59691-520-X / 978-1-59691-520-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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October 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Gum Thief: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 1-59691-106-9 / 978-1-59691-106-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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October 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-7475-9448-1 / 978-0-7475-9448-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-307-35628-0 / 978-0-307-35628-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-7531-8097-9 / 978-0-7531-8097-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Gum Thief: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 1-59691-500-5 / 978-1-59691-500-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-7475-9382-5 / 978-0-7475-9382-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-7475-9493-7 / 978-0-7475-9493-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

June 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-307-35627-2 / 978-0-307-35627-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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October 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
ISBN: 0-7475-9188-1 / 978-0-7475-9188-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Gum Thief: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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March 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Gum Thief
Author(s): Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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