Monday, March 4, 2013
Doctor Sandra Foster is a researcher studying fads (where they come from, how they originate, and, ultimately, if it may be possible to predict or even start one on purpose) for her employer, a company called Hi-Tek, who is interested in cashing in on fad creation if Sandra's research pans out. Meanwhile, her company is itself at the mercy of all kinds of ridiculous management fads, and Sandra and her co-workers are continually challenged by the worst administrative assistant ever, a young woman who leaves destruction and chaos in her wake. All the while everyone on staff is being pressured to win a mysterious but highly desirable research grant.
Willis writes such intelligent fiction - full of snarky social commentary and all kinds of wonderful allusions and references (here she manages to weave in Browning's poem "Pippa Passes" in a delightful and hysterical way). This one is smart, funny, and will definitely appeal to anyone who's ever been at the mercy of knuckle-headed administrative decisions at work. Plus there are sheep. Funny sheep. Give it a try!
Also by Willis:
Bellwether by Connie Willis (Spectra, 1997)