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Not Working - A Novel

Lisa Owens

In the tradition of Jennifer Close's Girls in White Dresses comes a "a pin-sharp, utterly addictive debut" (Vogue U.K.) told in vignettes that speak to a new generation not trying to have it all but hoping to make sense of it all. "Everyone's been talking about this book. . . . Charming and funny, this read is simply delightful."-Bustle "A deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation."-The Guardian Claire Flannery has just quit her office job, hoping to take some time to discover her real passion. The problem is, she's not exactly sure how to go about finding it. Without the distractions of a regular routine, Claire confronts the best and worst parts of herself: the generous, attentive part that visits her grandmother for tea and cooks special meals for her boyfriend, Luke, and the part that she feels will never measure up and makes regrettable comments after too many glasses of wine. What emerges is a candid, moving portrait of a clear-eyed heroine trying to forge her own way, a wholly relatable character whose imperfections and uncanny observations highlight what makes us all different and yet inescapably linked. Praise for Not Working "Ruefully funny . . . features a kind of millennial Bridget Jones whose red wine-and-TED Talk-fueled pursuit of a higher purpose in life leads to hard truths and hangovers."-Vogue "In this laugh-out-loud debut, Claire Flannery is a lost soul who quits her day job to discover her true passion. In taking a hard look at her own character, Claire finds that her loveable qualities are sometimes squashed by mistakes, like the evenings she blurts inappropriate remarks after too many glasses of wine. [Lisa] Owens's story is a smart, relatable and delicious debut."-Harper's Bazaar "It's no mean feat to fashion a novel out of the stuff of everyday life. . . . Fortunately, Owens is quite a writer. . . . Not Working works because there is lots going on beneath its placid, ordinary surface. . . . With this funny, serious debut, Lisa Owens has proved that she's one to watch.

In the tradition of Jennifer Close's Girls in White Dresses comes a "a pin-sharp, utterly addictive debut" (Vogue U.K.) told in vignettes that speak to a new generation not trying to have it all but hoping to make sense of it all. "Everyone's been talking about this book. . . . Charming and funny, this read is simply delightful."-Bustle "A deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation."-The Guardian Claire Flannery has just quit her office job, hoping to take some time to discover her real passion. The problem is, she's not exactly sure how to go about finding it. Without the distractions of a regular routine, Claire confronts the best and worst parts of herself: the generous, attentive part that visits her grandmother for tea and cooks special meals for her boyfriend, Luke, and the part that she feels will never measure up and makes regrettable comments after too many glasses of wine. What emerges is a candid, moving portrait of a clear-eyed heroine trying to forge her own way, a wholly relatable character whose imperfections and uncanny observations highlight what makes us all different and yet inescapably linked. Praise for Not Working "Ruefully funny . . . features a kind of millennial Bridget Jones whose red wine-and-TED Talk-fueled pursuit of a higher purpose in life leads to hard truths and hangovers."-Vogue "In this laugh-out-loud debut, Claire Flannery is a lost soul who quits her day job to discover her true passion. In taking a hard look at her own character, Claire finds that her loveable qualities are sometimes squashed by mistakes, like the evenings she blurts inappropriate remarks after too many glasses of wine. [Lisa] Owens's story is a smart, relatable and delicious debut."-Harper's Bazaar "It's no mean feat to fashion a novel out of the stuff of everyday life. . . . Fortunately, Owens is quite a writer. . . . Not Working works because there is lots going on beneath its placid, ordinary surface. . . . With this funny, serious debut, Lisa Owens has proved that she's one to watch.
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In the tradition of Jennifer Close's Girls in White Dresses comes a "a pin-sharp, utterly addictive debut" (Vogue U.K.) told in vignettes that speak to a new generation not trying to have it all but hoping to make sense of it all. "Everyone's been talking about this book. . . . Charming and funny, this read is simply delightful."-Bustle "A deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation."-The Guardian Claire Flannery has just quit her office job, hoping to take some time to discover her real passion. The problem is, she's not exactly sure how to go about finding it. Without the distractions of a regular routine, Claire confronts the best and worst parts of herself: the generous, attentive part that visits her grandmother for tea and cooks special meals for her boyfriend, Luke, and the part that she feels will never measure up and makes regrettable comments after too many glasses of wine. What emerges is a candid, moving portrait of a clear-eyed heroine trying to forge her own way, a wholly relatable character whose imperfections and uncanny observations highlight what makes us all different and yet inescapably linked. Praise for Not Working "Ruefully funny . . . features a kind of millennial Bridget Jones whose red wine-and-TED Talk-fueled pursuit of a higher purpose in life leads to hard truths and hangovers."-Vogue "In this laugh-out-loud debut, Claire Flannery is a lost soul who quits her day job to discover her true passion. In taking a hard look at her own character, Claire finds that her loveable qualities are sometimes squashed by mistakes, like the evenings she blurts inappropriate remarks after too many glasses of wine. [Lisa] Owens's story is a smart, relatable and delicious debut."-Harper's Bazaar "It's no mean feat to fashion a novel out of the stuff of everyday life. . . . Fortunately, Owens is quite a writer. . . . Not Working works because there is lots going on beneath its placid, ordinary surface. . . . With this funny, serious debut, Lisa Owens has proved that she's one to watch.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tuppence Middleton

Length:

6h 23m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:24