Several People Are Typing (Hardcover)

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This hilarious novel centers around Gerald, whose consciousness has gotten stuck inside his company's Slack. I was worried that a novel told entirely in Slack messages would be to gimmicky but nope! It's terribly smart and very funny.

— Suzanna

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A work-from-home comedy where WFH meets WTF.

An absurd, hilarious romp through the haunted house of late-stage capitalism.--Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

Told entirely through clever and captivating Slack messages, this irresistible, relatable satire of both virtual work and contemporary life is The Office for a new world.

Gerald, a mid-level employee of a New York-based public relations firm has been uploaded into the company's internal Slack channels--at least his consciousness has. His colleagues assume it's an elaborate gag to exploit the new work-from home policy, but now that Gerald's productivity is through the roof, his bosses are only too happy to let him work from . . . wherever he says he is.

Faced with the looming abyss of a disembodied life online, Gerald enlists his co-worker Pradeep to help him escape, and to find out what happened to his body. But the longer Gerald stays in the void, the more alluring and absurd his reality becomes.

Meanwhile, Gerald's colleagues have PR catastrophes of their own to handle in the real world. Their biggest client, a high-end dog food company, is in the midst of recalling a bad batch of food that's allegedly poisoning Pomeranians nationwide. And their CEO suspects someone is sabotaging his office furniture. And if Gerald gets to work from home all the time, why can't everyone? Is true love possible between two people, when one is just a line of text in an app? And what in the hell does the: dusty-stick: emoji mean?

In a time when office paranoia and politics have followed us home, Calvin Kasulke is here to capture the surprising, absurd, and fully-relatable factors attacking our collective sanity...and give us hope that we can still find a human connection.

About the Author


CALVIN KASULKE is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A Lambda Literary Fellow, his writing and reporting have been featured in VICE, BuzzFeed, and Electric Literature. This is his first book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385547222
ISBN-10: 0385547226
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English