Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind

ISBN: 9780008589134
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Publisher,Fourth Estate
Publication Date,
Format, Hardcover
Weight, 480 g
No. of Pages, 368

Trippy, incisive, riotously funny’ ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN

‘[An] insightfully nightmarish parable ' HALLE BUTLER


Luminous … as if George Saunders infiltrated the Severance writers’ room’ WASHINGTON POST

A work place novel. A love story. A dream you can’t wake from…

Jonathan Abernathy is a loser. Unemployed and behind on his student loan repayments, the only thing Abernathy has in abundance is debt.

When a secretive government loan forgiveness programme offers him a job he can literally do in his sleep, Abernathy thinks he’s found his big break. Hired as a dream auditor, he finds himself entering the dreams of white-collar workers to flag their anxieties for removal at night so they'll be more productive in the day. If Abernathy can at least appear competent, might he have a chance at a new life?

As Abernathy tries to find his footing in this new gig, reality and morality begin to warp around him. Soon, the lines between life and work, right and wrong, and even sleep and consciousness, have blurred and Abernathy begins to wonder just what he might have signed away…

Wildly imaginative, laced with black humour and full of close-to-the-bone truths, Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind is the cult workplace novel that’s like nothing else you've read before.

‘Surrealist … A scathing critique of capitalism’TIME

A rare and fine achievement.’ THE TELEGRAPH

'Imagine the movie Inception, but populated by the middle-management workers in David Graeber’s book Bullshit Jobs' NEW YORK TIMES

'An excitingly original writer, inventing much needed and killingly funny satires for contemporary work and dreams of success' HOLLY PESTER


‘An original mind brimming over with invention BEN MARCUS

‘An exuberant, poignant, freewheeling debut … very funny’ JEFF VANDERMEER

‘The spiritual sibling of Severance, but creepier’LITERARY HUB


About the Author

Molly McGhee is from a cluster of unincorporated towns outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
She completed her M.F.A. in fiction at Columbia University, where, in addition to receiving a Chair’s Fellowship, she taught in the undergraduate creative writing department. She has worked in the editorial departments of McSweeney’s, The Believer, NOON, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Currently living in Brooklyn, her work has appeared in 
The Paris Review.


  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.1 x 3.6 x 22.2 cm

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