"Meno's delicate, hip, humorous, and ingenious portrayal of 2 Chicago misfits...dramatizes that anguished and awkward passage among felony age and real adulthood."
, "Core assortment: New grownup Fiction"
Named "Best New Novel by way of a Chicagoan" and "Best booklet for the disenchanted Artist in we all" by means of the Chicago Reader
Selected by way of The Believer's readers as a favourite fiction paintings of 2012
One of DailyCandy's top Books of 2012
"An off-kilter romance doubles as an paintings stream in Joe Meno's novel. the radical reads as a parody of art-school types...and as a tribute to their devil-may-care spirit. Meno impressively captures post-adolescent woman angst and lack of confidence. clean and humorous, the pictures additionally encapsulate the mortification, confusion and pleasure that outline such a lot of 20-something existences."
--The ny instances ebook Review
"Wonderful storytelling panache...Odile is a brash, moody, likable younger girl navigating the hindrances of caddish boyfriends and awful jobs, embarking at the kind of sentimental trip that literary heroines were making because Fanny Burney's Evelina within the 1770s. Tenderhearted Jack is the awkward, quiet kind that the ladies in Jane Austen's novels omit till book's finish. he's captivated with tape-recording Chicago's ambient noises in order that he can simulate town within the protection of his bed room, 'a unmarried city he has invented made up of not anything yet sound.' Mr. Meno excels at shooting the way in which that budding love could make humans consider courageous and freshly alive to their surroundings...the tale of the connection has a candy simplicity."
--The Wall highway Journal
"In Joe Meno's new novel, set within the final yr of the twentieth century, artwork institution dropout Odile Neff and beginner sound artist Jack Blevins paintings deadening place of work jobs; gush approximately indie rock, French movie, and imprecise comedian publication artists; and progressively begin a courting that doubles as an artwork stream. they're, in different phrases, the 20-something doyens of popular culture and their story of promiscuous roommates, on-again/off-again exes, and awkward intercourse is punctuated at the web page by means of lovable little doodles, black and white pictures (of, say, a topless lady in a Stormtrooper mask), and monologues which may simply go for Belle & Sebastian lyrics ("It doesn’t pay to be a dreamer simply because all they honestly wish you to do is resolution the phone")."
--Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)
"Meno has built a snowflake-delicate inquiry into alienation and longing. Illustrated with drawings and pictures and formed through gentle empathy, buoyant mind's eye, and bittersweet wit, this wistful, provocative, off-kilter love tale affirms the bonds solid by means of paintings and story."
--Booklist (starred review)
No one dies in Office Girl. no one talks concerning the foreign political state of affairs. there's no point out of any financial cave in. not anything occurs in the course of an international War.
Instead, this novel is ready kids doing attention-grabbing issues within the ultimate moments of the final century. Odile is a stunning twenty-three-year-old art-school dropout, a minor vandal, and a hopeless dreamer. Jack is a twenty-five-year-old shirker who is so much chuffed taking pictures the unending noises of town on his out-of-date tape recorder. jointly they choose to commence their very own paintings circulate in defiance of a latest tradition made boring via either the tedious and the most obvious. Set in February 1999—just ahead of the top of 1 international and the start of another—Office Girl is the tale of 2 humans stuck among the uncertainty in their futures and the all-too-brief moments of recent life.
Joe Meno's newest novel additionally beneficial properties black-and-white illustrations by means of popular artist Cody Hudson and images via visionary photographer Todd Baxter.