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The Beautiful Bureaucrat: Extract

Posted 13th Apr 2017

‘A thrillingly original debut’ – Jenny Offill

If the job market hadn’t been so bleak during that long, humid summer, Josephine might have been discouraged from taking the administrative position in a windowless building in a remote part of town.

As the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings – the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls, her boss has terrible breath, and there are cockroaches in the bath of her sublet. When one evening her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.

Helen Phillips’ sublime and chilling The Beautiful Bureaucrat is out today and we couldn’t be more excited to share this clever, eerie page-turner with you.

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