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“Thoroughly engaging, delightful and very funny. . . . [Who’s Who in Hell] is a coming-of-age story set in a post-Thatcherite world. . . . A love story that avoids the word ‘love’ like the plague, the tale of a writer’s move from desperately lonely young man to desperately lonely older one, comforted only by words used well. . . . It makes for a fine and highly pleasurable reading.”Sam Sifton, The New York Times Book Review
Who's Who in Hell
978-0-8021-3924-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2002
A delectably comic story that captures all the joy and pain
of falling in love and finding oneself, Who's
Who in Hell is a delightful and incredibly assured debut novel.
Who’s Who in Hell is a compelling, uproarious, and
achingly moving story about what happens when our plans for life meet its plans
for us. Written with a keen eye and enormous heart that call to mind David
Schickler, Nick Hornby, and early Roddy Doyle, Who’s
Who in Hell is a novel with a voice all its own.
Daniel Linnell is a
charming, rather hapless young man until he meets Lauraan
unsettlingly feisty American who likes to parachute out of planes on weekends.
Recently fired from a job as a relatively unskilled counselor for London’s desperate,
he meets Laura one night in a bar and quickly finds himself falling for her. At
the same time, he finds a new job as an obituarist and is caught up in the
day-to-day life of the oddballs who produce a major London daily newspaper. His
editor, Whittington, a dyed-in-the-wool English eccentric, initiates him into
the pecking order of obituarists vs. news reporters vs. the sports desk; the
annual ritual of the drunken Obituaries Outing with all of the octogenarian
history buffs who provide their research; and the secret cache of unexpurgated
obits of the less-than-angelic, obits that will never see printwhich
Whittington keeps in a hollowed-out book in his office. With Whittington’s
encouragement, Daniel begins to write a Who’s
Who in Hella mammoth compendium of the evil and damned.
Begun for his own amusement, the book takes on a momentum of its own and
garners him a publisher’s advance. He goes to Kansas to meet Laura’s parents.
Things are all going beautifully. But it’s always then that things have a way
Who in Hell is a
delightfully antic, deeply moving novel that captures the joys and agonies of
love and the perverse deceptions and unanticipated highs and lows of life. It
is sure to establish Robert Chalmers as one of the brightest young writers out