By T.M. Shine
Well, here's another of your fairly typical "Oh my heavens! I just got laid-off!" books. Perhaps in the current employment climate, that's appropriate. This one, though, was pretty humorous, even from the beginning.
Jeffrey Reiner is a low-key newspaper guy. Only he really doesn't do much at his job. Like, really not much at all. Instead, he socializes a lot, and comes up with crazy ideas that don't really go anywhere. And, it seems, the economy and his lack of productivity finally catch up to him and he's on the chopping block.
He starts out his unemployment by doing all the things he's supposed to do (encouraged by his highly-energetic wife, Anna); filing for unemployment, seeing an employment counselor, working on a resume, etc. But soon his enthusiasm fizzles out and he starts really freaking out about the small number of days he has left on unemployment. This soon leads him to start grasping at employment straws; i.e. hooking up with a guy known only as 'enterprising dude', who puts him to work in a Statue of Liberty costume, delivering pizzas, and eventually breeding fish in a muddy trough. All the while, Jeffrey worries about where his wife is and what she is up to, as it seems she is having an affair with a drug salesman (the legal kind).