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What in God's Name: A Novel - Simon Rich
What in God's Name: A Novel
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Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it's not to... show more
Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it's not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him.When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion restaurant), he also decides to destroy Earth. His employees take the news in stride, except for Craig and Eliza, two underpaid angels in the lowly Department of Miracles. Unlike their boss, Craig and Eliza love their jobs - uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days, revealing lost keys in snow banks - and they refuse to accept that earth is going under.The angels manage to strike a deal with their boss. He'll call off his Armageddon, if they can solve their toughest miracle yet: getting the two most socially awkward humans on the planet to fall in love. With doomsday fast approaching, and the humans ignoring every chance for happiness thrown their way, Craig and Eliza must move heaven and earth to rescue them - and the rest of us, too.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316133739 (0316133736)
ASIN: 0316133736
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
2.0 Awkwardness Trumps Satire
I had high hopes for Simon Rich's first novel. His collections Ant Farm and Free-Range Chickens are both excellent. What in God's Name is at best sporadically funny, and occasionally goes for a laugh at the expense of the clinically depressed. Maybe if I enjoyed the humor of awkwardness more I would...
Intensely Focused
Intensely Focused rated it
I mostly enjoyed this book. It had some wonderfully funny bits, although my opinion may be influenced by the lack of sleep at the time. The whole dickish guy as hot person that chicks dig was annoying though.
fishgirl182
fishgirl182 rated it
What In God’s Name is a funny and irreverent look at what the world would be like if God ran Heaven as a corporation. As CEO of Heaven, Inc., God has an entire staff of Angels on hand to handle His Earthly affairs. Unfortunately, He is more interested in the Yankees and getting Lynyrd Skynyrd back t...
BookHounds
BookHounds rated it
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITHeaven is a cube farm, where the newly departed work for forty years and then retire to a heavenly life that sounds a bit like a Google campus with trendy restaurants, free bikes and all the cappuccino you can drink. Although you get those benefits while you work your five hour d...
Inspiring Insomnia
Inspiring Insomnia rated it
3.0 What in God's Name: A Novel
You know that crazy-looking, scraggly guy, hanging out on the side of the road with his "The End is Near" sign? That's Raoul. And he's not crazy. He's God's hand-selected prophet, and he's attempting to pass along to mankind important directives from God. It's clear early on in Simon Rich's, "What i...
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