Temporary (Emily Books) (Paperback)

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As a former temp worker, I greatly appreciated Hilary Leichter raising the temp to a mythical figure in her lyrical debut TEMPORARY. Leichter's unnamed temporary fills in for different jobs - office worker, pirate, assassin - but is never allowed to be a person on her own. This book has such great wordplay, inventive imagery, and a true gut-punch of an ending. This is not only a fun read but a book that truly matters. — From Dan's Picks (page 2)


In Temporary, a young woman's workplace is the size of the world. She fills increasingly bizarre placements in search of steadiness, connection, and something, at last, to call her own. Whether it's shining an endless closet of shoes, swabbing the deck of a pirate ship, assisting an assassin, or filling in for the Chairman of the Board, for the mythical Temporary, "there is nothing more personal than doing your job."

This riveting quest, at once hilarious and profound, will resonate with anyone who has ever done their best at work, even when the work is only temporary.

About the Author

Hilary Leichter is author of the novel Temporary. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, Harper's, n+1, Bookforum, Conjunctions, the Cut, and American Short Fiction. She teaches at Columbia University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566895668
ISBN-10: 1566895669
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Emily Books