Sal's latest novella, the Crooked Bookcase, is available in electronic (ebook) format now!). ADAM POOLE’S job has been unremarkable but comfortable for the past five years. But all that is changing. The small service center he works in has been acquired by technology giants TOMORROW UNITED REGIONAL DEMOGRAPHIC. And now…people are changing.
An employee’s identity had been removed, his name gone and his physical appearance changing every few days. Adam’s girlfriend has left him for the odd new salesman who has taken to walking around the office nude and chain-smoking. His boss is getting younger every day. And Adam is the only one noticing the changes.
A new manager, in charge of the take-over, has come in. A strange plastic-looking man known only as HARRIS. His requests of the employees are getting stranger every day. Adam is asked to recall what he did in his second semester of 7th grade. An employee is forced in dress in drag, to meet the company’s new rules of having transgender employees represented. And the help desk call center is asked to begin answering the phones before they ring.
With no one to turn to Adam decides to take matters into his own hands and find out more about the corporation. But the deeper he digs the more bizarre things get. An employee has moved his office into the men’s room. More and more of his co-workers are morphing into monsters. And Harris’s never-ending policies and procedures are becoming downright surreal.
Then one day Adam’s co-worker/friend disappears. But no one other than Adam remembers the man. And when Adam is forced to endure sensitivity training for things he never said or did, he realizes a war is underway between himself and TOMORROW UNITED REGIONAL DEMOGRAPHIC. Adam enlists the help of a former attorney, who now lives as baby, to assist in his case against the company in a strange courtroom drama fight for freedom.
An absurdist allegory of corporate politics, office culture and political correctness taken to an unusual new level. With horror and humor The Crooked Bookcase is a social satire that reads like Office Space as written by Kafka.