Thursday, December 30, 2010


Jeffrey Reiner has been laid off from his job at a South Florida newspaper where he has had the title of Universal Calendar Editor for the past 16 years. He has exactly 147 days of severance pay, but he is in no hurry to get back to work. He knows he has to take any opportunity that comes his way, no matter how humbling or embarrassing. A guy who calls himself "enterprising dude" hooks him up with a couple short term humiliating and degrading assignments.

Through all of this, Jeffrey's family life is unravelling. His wife communicates to him via daily to-do lists, his teenage daughter has no use for him, and his son has taken up a disturbing form of pest control. His mother is trying her outrageous best to get kicked out of an assisted living facility. Even his dog finds a way to let him down.
What follows is a very funny journey of self discovery and a look into the absurdities of life.
Written in first person prose, the writing is so comfortable and laid back one feels that the author is really the main character, Jeffrey.

Full of whimsy, dry humor and surprising insight, I thoroughly enjoyed joining Jeffrey on his journey.