Friday, July 1, 2016

The Beautiful Bureaucrat

Wordplay. The debut novel by Helen Phillips titled, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, may the most courageous writing I’ve read in a long time. Phillips sets most of the novel in an odd workplace, and places protagonist Josephine in an Everyone role as she does the work she is asked to do, and grows in her curiosity as she tries to make sense of and master the work. Phillips uses files, paperwork and wordplay in ways that I found very funny. The subject is serious, and the courage that Phillips exhibits in presenting such a disturbing and odd novel as her introduction to readers may portend great things from this fine writer. Readers looking for an unusual and well-written novel should consider reading this one. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Beautiful Bureaucrat from

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