Am I In The Right Place?
By Ben Pester
Office orientation with sinister energy and offensive emails no one remembers writing seep this collection of twisted short stories in a discomforting malaise.
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE
From the extraordinary mind of debut writer Ben Pester comes a book of stories in which the everyday work, parents, and friends is not quite what it should be.
Taken together, it forms a collection of things we are doing right now, in this lost and terrifying world we are gamely attempting to inhabit. Things like worshipping an imaginary being while trying to be productive; or slowly dying and having nothing to say about it except how tiring it was building the kitchen extension; or having hot martinis with the ambassador in a hotel that ought not to be there.
Unsettling, original and occasionally monstrous, these are stories that light the contours of the ordinary world with a shimmering unreality.
Read if you: know what it's like to try and look busy on your first day at a new job.