Jennifer Government by Max Barry
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Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It's a brave new corporate world, but you don't want to be caught without a platinum credit card--as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she's allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale--and everything must go.

A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.


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About Max Barry

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Max Barry is the author of Syrup (1999), Jennifer Government (2003), Company (2006), and Machine Man (2011). He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
 
Published January 6, 2004 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In a move guaranteed to provide the impetus for many a lawsuit, all Barry’s characters have forgone use of their surnames in the interest of renaming themselves after their place of work—so we have Jennifer Government, John Nike, Hack Nike, Buy Mitsui, and Billy NRA.

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The Guardian

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Jennifer Government by Max Barry Abacus £9.99, pp352 Welcome to Coolsville by Jason Mordaunt Jonathan Cape £10.99, pp384 The pace of modern advancements in biotechnology, information dissemination and corporate global hegemony has almost put the dystopian satirist out of a job.

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Publishers Weekly

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Thus, the cast of characters includes John Nike, Georgia Saints Nike (she volunteers at the Church of Latter-Day Saints), Billy NRA, Buy Mitsui, Hayley McDonalds, and so forth.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Barry's riotous satirical rant against global capitalism, the Government investigates crimes only if they can bill the victims for it, workers take their employers' names as their own, and most of the world has become a U.S. territory.

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Jan 27 2005 | Read Full Review of Jennifer Government: A Novel

Spinetingler Magazine

In Jennifer Government the government is all but abolished with corporations controlling everything.

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CNN.com

Take a look at Max Barry's novel "Jennifer Government."

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The Trades

It's a world where your last name is the company you work for, where companies form alliances with companies, and the alliances are at war with each other.

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