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The Learners Hardcover – 21 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster International; 1st Scribner Hardcover Ed edition (21 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743255240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743255240
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""The Learners" is dark as India Ink and its fine lines are sure and sharp and funny. As in life, people behave badly, and truly, and are only occasionally redeemed but often sorry. Kidd has created an unexpected narrative voice that moves and provokes and a novel that is, startlingly and even sweetly, not like anything else."-- Amy Bloom, author of "Away"


Set in the early 1960s, The Learners is the stand alone sequel to Kidd's previous novel, The Cheese Monkeys. Always entertaining and often moving, The Learners is the story of Happy, a young graphic designer who lands his first job at a wacky advertising firm in New Haven, Connecticut. Among his colourful co-workers is Sketch, the lovable, aging illustrator whose finely-crafted drawings of potato chips are regarded by Happy as near masterpieces; Tip, the quick-witted copy-writer who's always hunting for the next snappy slogan; and Mimi, the cold, eccentric matriarch, who treats her enormous dog as if he's her husband. Happy fits right in among these likable eccentrics, and together, they struggle to hold onto their most important client, Cringle Potato Chips, and land the new and lucrative Buckle Shoes account.

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2.0 out of 5 starsA letdown after Cheese Monkeys
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3.0 out of 5 starsNothing will ever be The Cheese Monkeys
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