Described as "the most well-executed literary sex comedy" of our time by Salon.com, and "a wickedly smart satire that deserves to be a classic" by Bookforum, Helen DeWitt's Lighting Rods is a novel that will leave you laughing for more. Follow one steady rise to power in corporate America as down-and-out salesman Joe curtails sexual harassment in the office and increases productivity with his mysterious, mind-blowing invention.
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by Helen Lester
by Helen Keller
by Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury
by Helen Dunmore
"A failed encyclopedia and vacuum-cleaner salesman named Joe hits upon a unique moneymaking scheme. His company, Lightning Rods, Inc., offers a form of corporate prostitution: providing female temp workers who are available to relieve male workers' sexual urges during the workday. Dushko Petrovich narrates in an unrelieved monotone that reflects Joe's early depression at his inability to succeed in business, no matter how hard he tries. However, Petrovich's lackluster performance fails to capture the vicious humor or the spirit of Helen DeWitt's prose. The novel is artful without artifice, unabashedly blunt in all matters sexual, and scathing in its satirical attack on sexual harassment in the workplace. While LIGHTNING RODS isn't for all listeners, it deserves a stronger narration. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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