Simon & Schuster
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Featuring: Wally Philco; Carlotta Bain; Faro Jack
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Wally Philco is a gentle, midlevel insurance industry
operative living with his wife, Margie, in Brooklyn. In the
years since those terrible events took place in Tupelo,
Mississippi, though, the world -- and Brooklyn, too -- has
become a very different place. Nobody's sure exactly what
happened on the day now known as Horribleness Day, but it
became pretty clear afterward that the Australians were
involved somehow. Long after all the initial craziness has
petered out, the Horribleness is still being used as an
excuse for everything, from insomnia and lower back pain to
joblessness, bank robbery, higher taxes, drunk driving, and
murder. Likewise, everything from icy sidewalks to
earthquakes to casino bus accidents is being cited as the
work of terrorists.
Now it's every Mutual Citizen's job to
keep an eye on his neighbor and to report anything amiss.
Wally's neighbor, Whit Chambers, has been busy practically
setting a world record for turning in suspicious characters
and Unmutuals to the local authorities and, in fact, Whit's
had his eye and his telescope trained on Wally for some time
now. When Wally finally snaps, he finds refuge with the
Unpluggers, an underground movement fighting for just a few
minutes of peace and quiet. With a cast of Dickensian
characters, from stroller-wielding Brooklyn mothers to
former Kennedy spooks and Norwegian cowboys, Jim Knipfel's
Unplugging Philco is a wildly funny look at our life
and times, filled with sharp cultural references and vivid,
witty prose that testifies to a dangerously perceptive mind
behind the madness.
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