Reason for Leaving: Job Stories A Novel

Reason for Leaving: Job Stories A Novel
Genre: Short Stories
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers
Publication Year: 2005
ISBN: 089733499X

Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year - Bronze Award Winner 2001 for Humor

Buy from Amazon
About the Book

In the last column of a job application, there’s that tricky question: Reason for Leaving.  John Manderino has apparently had to puzzle over that one often and long.  His answers are collected here in this hilarious novel-in-stories tracing the history of a guy trying to grow up job by job. Delivery boy, altar boy, busboy, teacher, cotton picker, umpire, Zen monk–Manderino’s protagonist tries on one hat after another, from Chicago to Arizona to a South Dakota reservation where he longs to be given an Indian name, “something like Many Roads, or Many Jobs.” A funny, moving portrait of a man’s journey of becoming. But becoming what? The answer lies behind all the reasons for leaving.

Total Page Visits: 3319 - Today Page Visits: 1
"…an earnest and humorous look at the milestones in life…"
– USA Today
"…funny…surprisingly poignant, highlighting just how intricately the identities of American men are tied to the work they do."
– The Baltimore Sun
"…contains the funniest, sharpest dialogue I’ve read in years. I love this guy’s prose—clean, clean, clean with a musical flow…"
– Monica Wood, author of Any Bitter Thing
"…so perceptive at detailing the emotional component of just about everybody's job experiences. You will recognize yourself in these funny, moving pages."
– Cambridge Book Review
"… Manderino is a funny writer…"
– Kirkus Reviews
Look Inside
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."