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Lightning Rods

Lightning Rods

(2002)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)
The long-awaited second novel by the author of 'arguably the most exciting debut novel of the decade: The Last Samurai.' (Sam Anderson, New York).'All I want is to be a success. That's all I ask.' Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat 126 pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet for his frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brainstorm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top - and to the very heart of corporate insanity - with an outrageous solution to the spectre of sexual harassment in the modern office.

An uproarious, hard-boiled modern fable of corporate life, sex, and race in America, Helen DeWitt's Lightning Rods brims with the satiric energy of Nathanael West and the philosophic import of an Aristophanic comedy of ideas. Her wild yarn is second cousin to the spirit of Mel Brooks and the hilarious reality-blurring of Being John Malkovich. Dewitt continues to take the novel into new realms of storytelling - as the timeliness of Lightning Rods crosses over into timelessness.

 
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Used availability for Helen De Witt's Lightning Rods


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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 0-8112-1943-7 / 978-0-8112-1943-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen de Witt
ISBN: 0-7868-6894-5 / 978-0-7868-6894-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 1-908276-29-0 / 978-1-908276-29-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: And Other Stories
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 0-8112-2034-6 / 978-0-8112-2034-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen Dewitt
ISBN: 1-908276-11-8 / 978-1-908276-11-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: And Other Stories
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

November 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon   

November 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 1-61120-479-8 / 978-1-61120-479-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2011 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
ISBN: 1-61120-483-6 / 978-1-61120-483-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
Publisher: And Other Stories
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Lightning Rods
Author(s): Helen DeWitt
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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