How to Break Bad News by Tim Molloy

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Dumped by his activist girlfriend when he won't commit to her brand of idealism, reporter Scott Thomas sets out to prove his own dedication to do-gooding. He goes undercover at a fast-food Mexican restaurant where he hopes to lay blame for workplace abuses on the chain's owner, the next secretary of labor.



But instead of revealing corporate wrongdoing, Scott's hidden camera captures his own ineptitude - and his confused flirtation with Maria, a single mom who works the counter. Not sure if he's out to do good or just impress, Scott vows to save Maria from their boss's sexual harassment. But Maria may not be the one who needs saving.



Darkly funny and deeply entertaining, How to Break Bad News looks at a man trying to change the world without changing himself.

 

About Tim Molloy

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Tim Molloy's news stories have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Wired. He lives in New York City. This is his first novel.
 
Published September 30, 2012 by Virgin Digital. 219 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Molloy apes the least appealing aspects of Nick Hornby’s humor and the flattest instances of Bret Easton Ellis’s prose, then follows his own badly clichéd instincts to produce a novel at least as gross as the fast food Scott chokes down.

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Molloy’s debut stages a bittersweet love story against the backdrop of television news, and while it builds into a diatribe against the dumbing down of news, the book itself is about as sophisticated as a goofy prime-time sitcom.

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