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Miracle Workers (What In God's Name)

Simon Rich



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Back Bay
15 January 2019
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fantasy; Romance; Fiction-related items; Humour; Humorous Fantasy; Gods; Other Film, TV & Media; Angels Fantasy; TV and Movie Adaptation
How can you help mankind, when they won't help themselves? Welcome to Heaven Inc, and Craig's life.

From the Sunsets Department and Geyser Regulation to the Department of Miracles, Heaven Inc has the earth covered. Unless someone is away from their desk. And these days, the CEO is kind of disillusioned.

God knows he should be keeping an eye on the bad things happening on Earth, but instead he finds himself watching the Church channels on satellite TV. His first priority is the team of angels he's asked to get Lynyrd Skynyrd back together.

Downstairs on the office floor, Eliza has been promoted from the Prayers Department to Miracles, and Craig, the only other workaholic in heaven, has to show her around. Eliza is shocked by the casual attitude of many of the angels in her new department. And she's furious when she discovers that God has never looked at, let alone answered, a single prayer.

So she storms into God's office and asks Him a question that no one has ever dared to ask before. And it might just be the end of the world.
By:   Simon Rich
Imprint:   Back Bay
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780316486361
ISBN 10:   0316486361
Series:   What In Gods Name
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Rich is still the freshest, funniest new writer today, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He has written comedy for the New Yorker, Pixar, Saturday Night Live, the Believer, and various movie studios. He's the author of two collections, Free-Range Chickens and Ant Farm. His first novel, Elliot Allagash, was optioned for a film by Jason Reitman. Rich lives, predictably, in Brooklyn.

Reviews for Miracle Workers (What In God's Name)

Hilarious and touching...Rich is crazy good at hysterical sharp dialogue. But the bonus here is that his head is matched by his heart. Rich lends the potentially gimmicky story real emotional heft and avoids condescending to his characters (or readers). --Entertainment Weekly Divinely funny. --Vanity Fair Simon Rich [is] one of the funniest writers in America... Rich evokes enough of the hellish qualities of Earth (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Walmart, a screenplay for Finnegans Wake) and of the little things that we'll miss (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Walmart, a screenplay for Finnegans Wake) that it feels like a little love letter to the world. Thanks, life. Good of you to let me drop by. --Daily Beast A divine satire --The Guardian Sweetly funny and even moving; love, in this case, is what makes the world keep spinning. --Boston Globe His imagined situations read like sketches he might have conceived at his old job as a writer for Saturday Night Live... Rich knows how to balance the smart with the funny. --New York Times Book Review One of the funniest books you'll read this year. --Publishers Weekly As unpredictable as it is funny, and one of the best American comic novels of the past few years... A near-perfect work of humor writing--strikingly original, edgy but compassionate, and most importantly, deeply hilarious. --Michael Schaub, NPR

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