The Last Girlfriend on Earth

And Other Love Stories
By Simon Rich (Trade Paperback, 2014)
"One of the funniest books you'll read this year."--Publishers Weekly

Love can be messy, painful, and even tragic. When seen through the eyes of Simon Rich it can also be hilarious.

In thirty short, sharp, ingenious stories, Rich conjures up some unforgettable romances: An unused prophylactic describes life inside a teenage boy's wallet; God juggles the demands of his needy girlfriend with the looming deadline for earth's creation; and a lovestruck Sherlock Holmes ignores all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him.

As enchanting, sweet, and absurd as love itself, these stories are Simon Rich's Valentine to readers, an irresistible collection of delights. All that's missing is the heart-shaped box.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.00 US/$14.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316219389

    • On Sale Date: 01/14/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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"One of the funniest books you'll read this year."--Publishers Weekly

Love can be messy, painful, and even tragic. When seen through the eyes of Simon Rich it can also be hilarious.

In thirty short, sharp, ingenious stories, Rich conjures up some unforgettable romances: An unused prophylactic describes life inside a teenage boy's wallet; God juggles the demands of his needy girlfriend with the looming deadline for earth's creation; and a lovestruck Sherlock Holmes ignores all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him.

As enchanting, sweet, and absurd as love itself, these stories are Simon Rich's Valentine to readers, an irresistible collection of delights. All that's missing is the heart-shaped box.

Simon Rich is the author of What in God's Name, Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. His work, including some of these stories, has appeared in The New Yorker ("It's always fairly obvious when a 'Shouts and Murmurs' piece in The New Yorker is the product of Simon Rich. Telltale signs include the elegant skewering of adult human behavior, as glimpsed through the eyes of children, animals, spectral beings, or inanimate objects-and the fact that the reader is hunched over laughing." - Joe Berkowitz, Fast Company). He has written film scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow, and until recently he was a staff writer at Saturday Night Live; he currently writes for Pixar. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
  • PRAISE FOR ANT FARM:

    "[A] sweet humor collection...Rich loves to end his stories on a momentous, withering realization or snippet of dialogue...the stories tend toward the universal." (Henry Alford, New York Times).

  • Praise for What in God's Name?

    "Divinely funny."
    (Vanity Fair).

  • "As unpredictable as it is funny, and one of the best American comic novels of the past few years....  A near-perfect work of humor writing - strikingly original, edgy but compassionate, and most importantly, deeply hilarious."
    (NPR.org).

  • "It feels like a little love letter to the world."
    (The Daily Beast).

  • "His imagined situations read like sketches he might have conceived at his old job as a writer for Saturday Night Live...Rich knows how to balance the smart with the funny. When What in God's Name bares its teeth, it's because it's laughing."
    (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Sweetly funny and even moving; love, in this case, is what makes the world keep spinning."
    (Boston Globe).

  • "Hilarious and touching....  Rich is crazy good at hysterical sharp dialogue. But the bonus here is that his head is matched by his heart. ...At its best, What in God's Name reads like a screenplay for a film that might sit comfortably beside Woody Allen's early absurd works in a Netflix queue."
    (Entertainment Weekly).

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The Last Girlfriend on Earth
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.00 US/$14.00 CAN
  • Pages: 240
  • Physical Dimensions: 5" x 7"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316219389
  • On Sale Date: 01/14/2014
The Last Girlfriend on Earth