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A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail jo A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail job. And it’s not working out. While Hornsmith’s distracted by his intestinal cancer, Courtney’s gangsters plot to kill the deal. Soon, Paul can’t see his way for the complications in the swindle. His obsession with Marla, a singer with The Raging Socket, doesn’t help. After a mysterious fire destroys his apartment building, Paul sets out on a road trip that is both terrifying and ridiculous, a trip through America that brings together immigrants, crooks, and seekers in the vast, unforgiving, inspiring spaces of the desert.


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A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail jo A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail job. And it’s not working out. While Hornsmith’s distracted by his intestinal cancer, Courtney’s gangsters plot to kill the deal. Soon, Paul can’t see his way for the complications in the swindle. His obsession with Marla, a singer with The Raging Socket, doesn’t help. After a mysterious fire destroys his apartment building, Paul sets out on a road trip that is both terrifying and ridiculous, a trip through America that brings together immigrants, crooks, and seekers in the vast, unforgiving, inspiring spaces of the desert.

37 review for Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    To be honest, this was unlike any novel I have read before and I didn't know quite what to make of it at first. The main character is a young man who ditches his dead end job writing greeting cards to work for a shady business man. The world of con artists, blackmailers, Russian hit men and drugs didn't really appeal to me. However, I did start to enjoy the novel from about half way through, when the main character takes off on a bizarre road trip through America, eventually ending up on a farm To be honest, this was unlike any novel I have read before and I didn't know quite what to make of it at first. The main character is a young man who ditches his dead end job writing greeting cards to work for a shady business man. The world of con artists, blackmailers, Russian hit men and drugs didn't really appeal to me. However, I did start to enjoy the novel from about half way through, when the main character takes off on a bizarre road trip through America, eventually ending up on a farm belonging to a buddhist monk. It has a streak of dark sardonic humour running through it and paints a very visual picture of the action that I could see working well as a movie. With thanks to Dundurn Press and Netgalley for a copy to read

  2. 4 out of 5

    Louise Gray

    This is one of those books where you feel kind of bad for finding it so funny.. Touching on taboos and challenging the reader to find humour in dark places, this book is something different. The story itself has a strong plot love, the characters are incredible and it is just so funny. Well worth reading for those who want a laugh which makes them think...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    This has been called a "coming of age" novel, but the narrator seems too self aware at the beginning, and his experiences shape him rather than bring him to a higher awareness. Meyboom has a background in film, and there was much description that came across as cinematic, plus a cast of thousands. Very visual, very funny, a promising debut. This has been called a "coming of age" novel, but the narrator seems too self aware at the beginning, and his experiences shape him rather than bring him to a higher awareness. Meyboom has a background in film, and there was much description that came across as cinematic, plus a cast of thousands. Very visual, very funny, a promising debut.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    If you think it's bad for Paul, it can and will get worse. I thought that the entire way through, and it was fantastic. I loved the vivid descriptions of the city around him - it made me think of my daily commute through Toronto (especially thought of Finch Station lol) - of all the bad situations he got into, all the shady characters he met, the shitty workplace (it sounded too familiar!). Plus, Meyboom's writing style is just awesome, and kept me hooked all the way through. A solid 10/10, ther If you think it's bad for Paul, it can and will get worse. I thought that the entire way through, and it was fantastic. I loved the vivid descriptions of the city around him - it made me think of my daily commute through Toronto (especially thought of Finch Station lol) - of all the bad situations he got into, all the shady characters he met, the shitty workplace (it sounded too familiar!). Plus, Meyboom's writing style is just awesome, and kept me hooked all the way through. A solid 10/10, there wasn't a single thing I didn't like.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Quirky story with a kooky set of characters. Extra star for Toronto location.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    Business is a really different book. I don’t think I would have called it a “coming of age” book. Being bored because you already got your degree in something that wasn’t marketable is a little old for that. Instead, I see it as a story told by one of your friends. You know the one who just tells never ending stories that get more and more crazy as you go? Like they meet someone looking for a new job and end up running all over the country. If you don’t have one of those….I’m not sure if you are Business is a really different book. I don’t think I would have called it a “coming of age” book. Being bored because you already got your degree in something that wasn’t marketable is a little old for that. Instead, I see it as a story told by one of your friends. You know the one who just tells never ending stories that get more and more crazy as you go? Like they meet someone looking for a new job and end up running all over the country. If you don’t have one of those….I’m not sure if you are lucky or unlucky. Sometimes you start to zone out and sometimes you are thoroughly entertained. That was this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Theodore Gumbril

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dundurn Press

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Byrne

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sai Suresh

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leo

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alanna King

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  19. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  21. 4 out of 5

    amy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bailey S.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maryann

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane Owen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bettye Short

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Luis Cuesta

  31. 4 out of 5

    Traci

  32. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Adams

  33. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Gerhart

  34. 4 out of 5

    Jen Schlott

  35. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  36. 4 out of 5

    Tarah Luke

  37. 4 out of 5

    Johnna

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