4465 PReSS, a popular, Independent Publisher of 21st Century fiction and non-fiction book titles, has just released HANDLE TiME -- a hearty and extraordinary novel depicting a significant slice of contemporary, American experience. HANDLE TiME was written by the novelist, LiNCOLN PARK; one of America’s rising, new-century, fiction pens.
HANDLE TiME is a fabled and fancifully woven tapestry of corporate protocols, consumer perceptions, and cubicled personnel, set in Banfield, MO – a fictitious municipality in the heart of the Ozarks; the center of the American Midwest.
HANDLE TiME is the printed testament to the people you call every day -- who give you troubleshooting tips, sales slogans, prepaid phone minutes, driving directions and bank balances. Have you ever wondered where THEY go once you hang up the phone?
HANDLE TiME tells the story of Chase Maybruck, a single, apartment dweller, whose brief career as a call-center employee is terminated when a rapacious manager causes her to experience a full-blown panic-attack.
Readers will watch as the book’s protagonist, wiggles, worms and wades her way through the pages of this weird, call-queue wired, wonderland of microwaved meals, malfunctioning machines and mindless metrics. Joining Chase on this adventure is a motley cast of characters, who are each striving for their own version of happiness and sense of place.
From Bronwyn Callaghan, the trainer, feminist and hero of middle-management independence to Franky, the farm-raised floor manager whose gi-normous girth and avaricious attitude causes scores of workers to head for the hills; Chase’s cavalier colleagues nearly ruin her reputation and launch her on a journey to a hospital gurney.
The publication of HANDLE TiME comes approximately one year after the release of the Indian novel, ONE NIGHT . THE CALL CENTER, by Chetan Bhagat. Some American critics have dismissed Bhagat’s book as a poor storybook composition; laced with several negative references to American call center employees and customers. Despite such reviews, ONE NIGHT . THE CALL CENTER went on to become a number one bestseller on the Indian continent; where in the first month after its release, the book sold more than 100,000 copies. In addition to the sales success of ONE NIGHT . THE CALL CENTER in print form, a proposed, Bollywood film adaptation is forthcoming.
“I hope readers in America flock to HANDLE TiME, in the same way that Indian readers flocked to ONE NIGHT . THE CALL CENTER,” says LiNCOLN PARK; “HANDLE TiME seems to serve a dual purpose. At first, it provides a literary identity and voice to all the overworked, underpaid and unrecognized superstars who report to call centers in America, each and every day. HANDLE TiME also acts as a sort of, ‘answer’ – if you will – to the Indian book’s interpretation of American call center workers.”
Through the pages of her previous, erudite works, Sculptured Nails and NAPPY HAIR and The Brevity of the Selves, LiNCOLN PARK garnered deserving acclaim and effected accord as a relevant writer of powerful impression and import. Her third work of fiction called, HANDLE TiME, is a spectacular story about the character and consequence of an American Call Center.
Called ‘a gifted writer’ by the prestigious RAWSISTAZ Book Reviewers, LiNCOLN PARK’s extraordinary literary style has often been described as utter and unexpected. As such, 4465 PReSS has taken unique initiative and placed the standard seal of PARENTAL ADVISORY on the front and back covers of all novels written by the author.
HANDLE TiME is an incredibly imagined landscape of ideas and a broad, beautifully achieved canvas of wordage; painting an unprecedented and resonant portrait of an American, working-class experience. It is an extraordinarily inventive, original engagement that is destined to be a bookstore blockbuster!
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HANDLE TiME by LiNCOLN PARK
Paperback; 196 Pages
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