The Underminer by Mike Albo
The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life

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Successful, gorgeous, and beloved by everyone you know, the Underminer remembers your every foolish ambition and humiliating mistake—and never fails to remind you. The Underminer makes you feel suicidal. But the Underminer is your friend. Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan do us all a public service by capturing the elusive evils of an age-old archetype. To understand and resist your toxic friend, you need The Underminer. Who is the Underminer? "An insincere, name-dropping predator with a rise so meteoric that you feel like crawling into your sad little apartment and eating gallons of ice cream right out of the carton while sniffling over reruns of old Bette Davis movies."—New York Times Book Review "A character that is so malicious, so insensitive and sadistic, that we can only gape horror-struck as every venomous phrase rolls off her tongue."—Rocky Mountain News "A psychological predator of the highest order. A viper cloaked in velvet. The Shaquille O'Neal of schadenfreude."—Boston Globe "An ego-skewering, passive-aggressive blowhard of indeterminate gender, surfing annoyingly along the breaking waves of pop and consumer culture—from dot-com to New Age, from hip-hop to a yurt in Afghanistan—always on top and armed with a put-down."—New York Times "The 'friend' who somehow manages to turn every compliment into an incredibly subtle insult, thus making you wonder whether you are truly the most neurotic person in all of Manhattan—or if your friend is just, well, evil."—New York Post

About Mike Albo

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Mike Albo is a writer and performer who has brought his comedic monologues to venues all over the country and abroad. His first novel, Hornito, was published in 2000. Virginia Heffernan, who writes with Albo for his performances, is a television critic for the New York Times.
Published December 10, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 176 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The never-heard-from victim is a woman graduating from Clarkwell College in 1990 and doomed to make a career out of a degree in Folk & Myth, only to be subjected to a series of interactions over the following years with the titular Underminer, a diabolically manipulative “best friend” who’s alway...

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Even if you sell all your belongings and move to New Zealand, you'll bump into each other, get some fresh piece of bad news and be reminded of every failure in your past -- like that time in 1995 when your friend bought stock in a Seattle coffee company but advised you to buy ''something safe, co...

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Entertainment Weekly

If the passive-aggressive title character of The Underminer reviewed this novel, the critique might read: ''What a nice attempt at a first book!

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