The Very Nice Box By Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett
"She didn't want to give him the satisfaction of looking over her shoulder, but she couldn't help but imagine what he would look like if she did. He would be standing there rubbing the back of his head. He would be criminally charming. His cheeks would be rosy. His hair would be perfectly dishevelled. She pulled Brutus ahead, electrified by anger, and ordered herself a Sfyft."
THE VERY NICE BOX
For fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Severance: an offbeat, wryly funny debut novel that follows an eccentric product engineer who works for a hip furniture company where sweeping corporate change lands her under the purview of a startlingly charismatic boss who seems determined to get close to her at all costs…
Ava Simon designs storage boxes for STÄDA, a slick Brooklyn-based furniture company. She’s hard-working, obsessive, and heartbroken from a tragedy that killed her girlfriend and upended her life. It’s been years since she’s let anyone in.
As I write this review, I should mention that I’m surrounded by my very own delightful flat packed furniture in an array of colours, sipping my coffee from one of my many identical mugs. I’m seated in an ergonomic wood and linen chair, that also arrived flat packed. Surrounding me are the very same things that I imagine make Eva’s home, her home, except I imagine that I have a lot more personal trinkets thanks to my lovely boyfriend who makes our house an actual home with pictures and other souvenirs that we’ve collected in the time we’ve been together. We also have a lot of colour and artwork. I imagine Eva to have a lot of black and white, much like my place before Charlie moved in.
|Eve and Laura|
Eve Gleichman is a writer whose short stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Harvard Review, BOMB Daily, and elsewhere. Eve is a graduate of Brooklyn College's Fiction MFA Program and lives in Brooklyn.