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"Riveting... thrillerlike...drolly surreal...Ultimately, The Beautiful Bureaucrat succeeds because it isn't afraid to ask the deepest questions." The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice"A joyride...a new species...[a] very beautiful, very honest book." -Karen Russell, SlateNAMED A MUST READ OF THE SUMMER by the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Bustle, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, HelloGiggles and more...A young wife's new job pits her against the unfeeling machinations of the universe in a first novel Ursula K. Le Guin hails as "funny, sad, scary, beautiful. I love it."In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database.

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Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips is the author of four books, including the collection SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS and the novel THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT (a New York Times Notable Book, and a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Award) . Her first book, the inter-genre collection AND YET THEY WERE HAPPY, was named a Notable Book by The Story Prize. She is also the author of the children's adventure novel HERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their children. www.helencphillips.com.

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