The Gum Thief

A brief book recommendation: this saturday i’ve read The Gum Thief, the latest novel by Douglas Coupland. I’ve loved Coupland’s work ever since first reading Microserfs some ten years ago, and Gum Thief is yet another masterpiece in a long line of excellent novels. Made up entirely of letters and diary entries of characters that never actually meet or interact directly, Gum Thief tells the story of 40-something Staples clerk Roger who is writing a novel about — wait for it — a novelist writing a novel about a clerk at Staples. And if you know Coupland, you know that he, and only he, can pull it off.

If you like this one, i also recommend Miss Wyoming, Girlfriend in a Coma and — especially for those of us involved with geek stuff — Microserfs, of course.

marc hoffman

Chief Architect and CEO here at RemObjects Software. Project Manager for Elements and lead developer of Fire, our awesome new development environment for the Mac.

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