The Gum Thief, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Roger is a middle-aged and divorced 'aisles associate' at a Staples outlet.

His co-worker Bethany is facing fifty more years of shelving Post-it notes.

Then Bethany discovers Roger's notebook and finds that he's writing diary entries pretending to be her - and weirdly, he's getting it right.

Bethany and Roger strike up a secret correspondence, and as it unfolds so too do the characters of Roger's work-in-progress, Glove Pond, a Cheever-era novella gone horribly, horribly wrong.




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Like all of Coupland's books I have read so far (Generation X, Microserfs, J-Pod, Generation A) he excels at engaging the reader in the dynamics of a disfunctional group of social misfits. The format of the characters writing to each other is interesting at first, particularly the relationship between Roger, Bethany and DeeDee. However, the issues of the characters and their development (and the novel Glove Pond) are less interesting than the literary riffing that Coupland indulges in. The book is more a game played with form than something which makes points about issues of modern culture and society. He does make these points, but he has made the same points in the same way before!

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This is not a book to read when you vave even the slightest doubt about where your life is leading you. But so are none of Coup's.<br/><br/>I like the intricateness and conceit of ehe construction, and the quite funny parts. I'm rathers ill at ease with the existential despair, which rings all too familiar.

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