If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work Cover

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

By Irvine Welsh

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393330779, 391pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2007

Description
Irvine Welsh's first short-story collection since his debut work The Acid House presents five extraordinary stories, which remind us that he is a master of the short form, a brilliant storyteller, and unarguably one of today's funniest and most subversive writers. In "Rattlesnakes" three young Americans, lost in the desert, are accosted by two armed Mexicans. A Korean chef and a Chicago socialite find themselves connected through the disappearance of a pooch named Toto in "The D.O.G.S. of Lincoln Park." And in the title story, Mickey Baker an ex-pat English bar owner living on the Costa Brava tries to keep all of his balls in the air: maintaining his barmaid's weight at the sexual maximum, attending to the youthful Persephone, and dodging his ex-wife and Spanish gangsters. In typically Welshian fashion, the characters and settings are anything but typical. These stories will make you laugh and gasp.