Several People Are Typing: A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club)

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2021
3 hours 27 minutes
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick! • A work-from-home comedy where WFH meets WTF. • 'An absurd, hilarious romp through the haunted house of late-stage capitalism.' —Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House
Told entirely through clever and captivating Slack messages, this irresistible, relatable satire of both virtual work and contemporary life is The Office for a new world.

Gerald, a mid-level employee of a New York–based public relations firm has been uploaded into the company’s internal Slack channels—at least his consciousness has. His colleagues assume it’s an elaborate gag to exploit the new work-from home policy, but now that Gerald’s productivity is through the roof, his bosses are only too happy to let him work from ... wherever he says he is.
Faced with the looming abyss of a disembodied life online, Gerald enlists his co-worker Pradeep to help him escape, and to find out what happened to his body. But the longer Gerald stays in the void, the more alluring and absurd his reality becomes. Meanwhile, Gerald’s colleagues have PR catastrophes of their own to handle in the real world. Their biggest client, a high-end dog food company, is in the midst of recalling a bad batch of food that’s allegedly poisoning Pomeranians nationwide. And their CEO suspects someone is sabotaging his office furniture. And if Gerald gets to work from home all the time, why can’t everyone? Is true love possible between two people, when one is just a line of text in an app? And what in the hell does the :dusty-stick: emoji mean?
In a time when office paranoia and politics have followed us home, Calvin Kasulke is here to capture the surprising, absurd, and fully-relatable factors attacking our collective sanity ... and give us hope that we can still find a human connection.
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This book started out wonderfully, but the ending and a bizarre last-minute romance subplot ruined it. I have no idea why the author felt the need to awkwardly hammer in a relationship between two characters who previously had zero sexual chemistry at the end of the story. There are also some serious consent issues involved. Great performances, sharp humor, and a clever plot can't save this book from itself.

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