Winner — Gold Medal, Popular Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Thomas Friesen has three goals in life. Get a job. Make friends. Find a good book to curl up with. After landing a job at READ, the newest hypermegabookstore, he feels he may have accomplished all three.
All is not peaceable within the stacks, however. Discontent is steadily rising, and it is aimed squarely at Munroe Purvis, a talk show host whose wildly popular book club is progressively lowering the I.Q. of North America.
But the bookworms have a plan. Plots are being hatched. The destruction of Munroe is all but assured. And as Thomas finds himself swept along in a maëlstrom of insanity, he wonders if reading a book is all it’s cracked up to be.
If you’ve ever thrown a book against a wall in disgust; if you’ve ever loved a novel that no one else can stand; if you obsess over the proper use of punctuation; this may be the novel for you. A weirdly funny story about bookish addictions, Shelf Monkey is the ideal novel for anyone who loves good books. Or hates them.
“What a literate, witty, suspenseful alternate world Corey Redekop’s created. I’m not so sure I want to be rescued from it!” Eric McCormack, author, First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
“A playful — yet very serious — ode to bibliophilia. Corey Redekop writes with energy and imagination, deft little jabs that go straight to the solar plexus.” Paul Quarrington, author, Whale Music
“Shelf Monkey is a literary thriller but it’s also a fun romp – unless, presumably, you’re an Oprah fan. But if so, you’re not Redekop’s imagined audience. His ideal reader knows this book is blackly, blackly funny because it’s all too true.” Peter Darbyshire, author, The Warhol Gang