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on 12 September 2012
Joe is an unsuccessful door-to-door salesman, spending his days in a trailer finessing a sexual fantasy about a woman whose naked bottom half is on one side of a wall and her fully clothed top half on the other. In a flash of genius Joe sees a way of turning this fantasy into a business proposition, one which will reduce sexual harassment and increase morale in the workplace.
"Lightning Rods" is a strange and very funny book. The central premise is ridiculous but DeWitt tells her story in a deadpan way allowing all the corporate-speak to give it a sheen of mundanity. Like Joe, DeWitt has thought through all the permutations and repercussions of this new business and there is a lot of fun in how various characters react to the situation. Although the idea of 'lightning rods' is repulsive the book glows with tenderness and humanity (Joe's proudest achievement, for example, is rolling out 'height-friendly facilities' in toilets across America). I had a big smile on my face while reading this novel and I am still smiling now thinking about it.
"Lightning Rods" was published last year in the US where it received good reviews, I'd been wanting to read it for a while so was delighted to see that And Other Stories were publishing the UK edition, as you get the bonus of a beautifully presented paperback.