Ringing for You: A Love Story with Interruptions

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 2000 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Our intrepid narrator is twentysomething, lives in London, and is armed with a master's in the history of punishment. Knowing the finer points of thumb screws and the rack doesn't quite put somebody on the fast track to success, however. So she takes work as a receptionist at the Academy of Material Science. Reading Remembrance of Things Past could fill some of the dull hours behind the desk, but she wants to write a book of her own.
This sharp young woman doesn't need to search for topics -- her own life is intriguing enough. For starters, there's that elusive new man who doesn't want to appear as a character in her book. He becomes The Man Who Mustn't Be Mentioned -- MWMM, or just MMM. And then there's the office. With piercing insight and sharp-edged wit, she exposes the workplace as only an outsider could, deconstructing its hidden hierarchy, the politics of seating in the cafeteria, and the secret lives that employees lead outside of work.
Anouchka Grose Forrester's vibrant novel is a hilariously subversive challenge to office life, romance, and the form of the novel itself. For anyone who has ever been an overworked, underpaid, or overeducated employee, Ringing for Youis dazzling revenge.
 

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Laugh-out-loud moments abound in this comic first novel about an overeducated young woman who takes a temporary job as a receptionist for a London nonprofit organization. She scribbles away at a novel ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
All About Me
5
A Bit About Other People
10
Love and Work
15
The WWV
17
Slice
39
Find Myself Feeling Ambivalent
58
Stopping and Starting
67
Dialogue
117
An Educational Interlude
120
Hate Work but Love Lunch
125
Hours
127
The End
141
Tuesday
143
Cash
146
MasterSlave Dialectics
149

Philip Scroll
74
Libel
78
Visitors
81
Evil
85
Double Panic we meet again
91
A Royal Visit
99
Misery
107
Acting
116
Behind the Scenes
154
The Flea 161
161
Losses and Gains
166
Goodbyes
173
Resume
178
Stop Press
186
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About the author (2000)

Anouchka Grose Forrester was born in Sydney, Australia, but has lived in London since the age of two. Her various vocations have included pop musician, jewelry designer, muralist, and lamp-shade maker. She is the author of two nonfiction books for teenagers and has held countless dull receptionist jobs.

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