Heaven is Small by Emily SchultzHeaven is Small by Emily Schultz

Heaven is Small

byEmily Schultz

Paperback | April 17, 2010

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Award-winning author and poet Emily Schultz offers an immensely readable, funny, and sharp novel about a man who works for a Harlequin-like publisher, and gradually discovers that he has arrived in "heaven." Like Will Ferguson's international bestseller, Happiness, Heaven is Small is a smart, satirical novel from one of our best.

Heaven is Small is the funny, layered, startling, and profound story of Gordon Small, a degree-clutching slacker and failed fiction writer. Gordon is also, we discover in the first paragraph, recently deceased - although this is "an event he failed to notice." When Gordon finds himself suddenly employed at the Heaven Book Company, the world's largest romance publisher, he begins to notice that something is odd: his routines within the company's walls, though familiar in some respects, have taken on a strange cast - stranger than is usual in the average suburban office.

With sly deadpan humour, brilliant insight into the human condition, and exceptionally beautiful writing, Schultz explores what it means to be truly alive only after you're dead.

Emily Schultz is author of the novels Heaven is Small (shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award) and Joyland, and the story collection Black Coffee Night, which was shortlisted Danuta Gleed Award. She is co-founder of the literary website Joyland: A hub for short fiction, and lives now in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:Heaven is SmallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 inPublished:April 17, 2010Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887849563

ISBN - 13:9780887849565

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sarcastic and fun I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started this book which was recommended by a friend. I'm not much for the romance stories (I'm a guy) so I pleasantly surprised with Heaven is Small. This book's savage sarcasm aimed at the formulaic romance industry is fantastic. She absolutely carves the corporate coffee sippers that deserve it while shows compassion and tenderness for the lonely outsiders in office life. All of this with a literary styled story telling plot. You should read this review and know the book will be funny and unlike anything you have ever read before. the author must be a quirky fun sensitive person to write such a beautiful story. This book is a safe bet if you're looking for a new author. Enjoy
Date published: 2010-08-01

Editorial Reviews

"...captivating...hilarious...seems tailor-made for a Hollywood adaptation." - Flare"[Emily] Schultz's voice is stronger than ever, her storytelling tighter and her writing still replete with those trademark ziplines, surprising little protons of description that vault the reader into Schultz's unique narrative universe." - Globe and Mail"Don't let the presence of the grim reaper scare you: Heaven is Small is a fantastical comedy." - National Post"Don't let the presence of the grim reaper scare you: Heaven is Small is a fantastical comedy." - Weekend Post"Heaven is Small marks a big league jump for Schultz that could translate into wide mainstream appeal." - Broken Pencil"In her comic novel Heaven is Small, Toronto author Emily Schultz takes a light-hearted approach to the hereafter." - Catholic Register"Schultz has created a delightful cast of lost souls...Heaven is Small is a keen examination of life and the afterlife, brimming with intelligence and wit." - Quill & Quire"A cleverly inspired, strikingly fresh stroke of narrative acuity. You won't be anle to put this one down." - Lisa Foad, Herizons Magazine"Schultz's latest is a satire of office life, romance novels, and afterlife narratives. She has accomplished something quite remarkable here, deftly juggling all this social commentary and a rather blandly sympathetic protagonist with a sharp command of language." - Publishers Weekly". . . an enjoyable, fast-paced ride . . . nothing can beat Schultz's frenetic, surprising, and genuinely funny writing." - Naomi K Lewis, Fiddlehead