Buzz Kill

by William Goodspeed

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/12/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781452598680
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781452598703
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781452598697

About the Book

When Lund’s Plastics Division hits the skids, it turns to its newly hired Chinese research and development director, Dr. Chen, who—despite his best intentions—struggles with both the English language and American corporate policies. When he’s told to hire a new scientist, Chen advertises for a young Chinese male who is preferably single. (He isn’t sure what religion would be best.) Chen’s innocent faux pas leads to mandatory sensitivity training, an experience so brutal, even Dick Cheney would call it torture. He builds a new R&D team, featuring Dr. Miao, a Chinese transplant who favors Red Man chewing tobacco and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Chen and Miao are joined by the sultry VP of finance, B’linda Mae “Trophy” Jones, whose best parts are nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde; Monique D’Estaing, a tall, black, Harley-riding Cajun lesbian; and sales director Bob Davis, a good ol’ boy who specializes in strip clubs as customer entertainment. To save the day, his team pulls out all the stops—like celebrity dress-up rollerblade scavenger hunts in Miami Beach—but their antics attract unfavorable attention from corporate human resources. Can Chen’s company survive his help? Written for anyone who’s ever worked in a large company, suffered through sensitivity training, or wondered if Thanksgiving is an anti-turkey display of Eurocentric imperialism, Buzz Kill is an uproariously twisted tale of America’s corporate culture.

About the Author

William Goodspeed launched his writing career with, The Point, a seasonal Northwestern Michigan newspaper with 125 unpaid subscribers. Despite earnest pleas from his devoted fans to quit writing, William wrote Buzz Kill. A former long-time resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, he lives in Maine and Michigan with his wife, Jen, and three badly behaved dogs.