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The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland


The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland

Roger is a middle-aged and divorced 'aisles associate' at a Staples outlet. His co-worker Bethany is facing fifty more years of shelving Post-it notes. Then Bethany discovers Roger's notebook and finds that he's writing diary entries pretending to be her - and weirdly, he's getting it right. Bethany and Roger strike up a secret correspondence, and as it unfolds so too do the characters of Roger's work-in-progress, Glove Pond, a Cheever-era novella gone horribly, horribly wrong.


'Funny, touching and immensely enjoyable'
Daily Express

'Classic Coupland'

'A tender and hopeful story that shows how, with friendship and the occasional little act of rebellion, there can still be laughter after tragedy'
Daily Mail

'He is a brilliant social commentator and a wit for our time'

About the Author

Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian NATO base in Baden-Sollingen, (West) Germany, on 30 December, 1961. He grew up and lives in Vancouver, Canada. His previous books are ‘Generation X’, ‘Shampoo Planet’, ‘Life After God’, ‘‘Microserfs’ and ‘‘Polaroids from the Dead’.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2008


Douglas Coupland

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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