*** The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips


The Beautiful Bureaucrat reminded me of 1984 and, especially, of The Handmaid’s Tale. It starts with a wonderfully rendered soul-wrenching job search in a tough job market, and for a while I thought that the story may be one of the last recession, but it’s much, much more bizarre. Along the way we question not just the job market  but also marriage, government, and bureaucracy. I found I had to suspend disbelief a little too much to step into the story, but once there I liked what I found.

 

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