Laurie Channer

Fiction



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Advance Praise for WishFull Thinking

“Laurie Channer takes you deep into the roiling dynamics of the modern office, with hilarious results. WishFull Thinking is beautifully written, features a wonderful cast of quirky yet familiar characters, and resounds with note-perfect dialogue. I laughed my way through it, and then immediately went out and bought a lottery ticket.”
Terry Fallis
Author of The Best Laid Plans, Winner of 2008 Leacock Medal for Humour

"Laurie Channer has the eye and ear to perfectly capture the petty, but passionate, comedies of corporate life. In her smoothly satirical second novel, she dissects office politics like an old time Kremlinologist."
Mark Leiren-Young
Author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, Winner of 2009 Leacock Medal for Humour

 

Laurie Channer’s debut novel Godblog (Napoleon Books/Dark Star) has been optioned for film. She has won awards for her short stories, has studied screen writing, and works in Toronto for the Writers Guild of Canada. 



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WishFull Thinking

Laurie Channer, a comic genius, has written a wickedly smart novel about the losers in the office lottery. Or as the losers, seeking the balm of reframing, prefer—“the non-players.”

On the surface, the office of WishFull Thinking is your average dysfunctional workplace. What gives this small enterprise a patina of class is its sheen of noble purpose—dispensing last wishes to terminally ill children.

Then, the capricious gods strike. Six of the 12 employees who contribute $5 a week to buy lottery tickets win a $25 million jackpot. With one lightning bolt, the staff is divided into winners and losers.

We already know the office types: the HR woman who is devoted to the office cat and insists their lives are no worse because the others won; the bubbly receptionist who wants more out of life; the undersexed admin woman who has the hots for the bike courier; the executive director who goes AWOL in a crisis; and the reluctant stalwart who covers for him.

The cleavage allows the festering rot to ooze. Suspicions rankle. Why did Pino, the financial guy, who fulminated on the folly of lottery tickets, yet kept the excel spreadsheet for the office pool, throw his money into the pot that week?  Or so he said.  Why did he want the group to delay claiming the winnings?  Why was Tillman, the office charmer, fired—for cause (embezzling) or was he a scapegoat?  Why does Jane (not her real name) not use her real name? And what should they do about the cat, who killed a kid by messing with his intravenous tubes and landed them in a big lawsuit?

In the midst of drama and intrigue, the work of the non-profit goes on: fulfilling the wishes of dying children.  But even, here, Channer is boldly irreverent and hilarious. Yet cradled within its carapace of cynicism is a tender heart.

WishFull Thinking will be embraced by fans of the Coen brothers, The Office, 30 Rock, Douglas Coupland, and The Colbert Report.