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Coming Soon: THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips

In August, Henry Holt will release The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips. With an intriguing premise (and a nod from Ursula K. Le Guin), not to mention that cover, this one looks to be a must read.

Here’s the cover and synopsis (larger cover to follow):

A young wife’s new job pits her against the unfeeling machinations of the universe in this dazzling first novel Ursula K. Le Guin hails as “funny, sad, scary, beautiful. I love it.”

In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. After a long period of joblessness, she’s not inclined to question her fortune, but as the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings-the office’s scarred pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls. When one evening her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.

As other strange events build to a crescendo, the haunting truth about Josephine’s work begins to take shape in her mind, even as something powerful is gathering its own form within her. She realizes that in order to save those she holds most dear, she must penetrate an institution whose tentacles seem to extend to every corner of the city and beyond. Both chilling and poignant, The Beautiful Bureaucrat is a novel of rare restraint and imagination. With it,
Helen Phillips enters the company of Murakami, Bender, and Atwood as she twists the world we know and shows it back to us full of meaning and wonder-luminous and new.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt (August 11, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1627793763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627793766

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About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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