The Very Nice Box

"A quirky, deeply satisfying, whip-smart debut that critiques corporate culture and male entitlement while also offering a heartfelt look at how to work through grief. Meticulously constructed and truly original—I inhaled it."

—Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours

For fans of Elinor 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.

But when Ava’s new boss—the young and magnetic Mat Putnam—offers Ava a ride home one afternoon, an unlikely relationship blossoms. Ava remembers how rewarding it can be to open up—and, despite her instincts, she becomes enamored. But Mat isn’t who he claims to be, and the romance takes a sharp turn.

The Very Nice Box is a funny, suspenseful debut—with a shocking twist. It’s at once a send-up of male entitlement and a big-hearted account of grief, friendship, and trust.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358540113

  • ISBN-10: 0358540119

  • Pages: 368

  • Price: $25.00

  • Publication Date: 07/06/2021

  • Carton Quantity: 12

Eve Gleichman
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Eve Gleichman

EVE GLEICHMAN's 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.
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Laura Blackett
Author

Laura Blackett

LAURA BLACKETT is a woodworker and writer based in Brooklyn.
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  • reviews

    "A quirky, deeply satisfying, whip-smart debut that critiques corporate culture and male entitlement while also offering a heartfelt look at how to work through grief. Meticulously constructed and truly original—I inhaled it." 

    —Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours 

     

    “A satire of contemporary corporate culture. An exploration of how vulnerable we become in grief. A surprising romance. A cautionary tale. Somehow The Very Nice Box manages to be all of the above. Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett have a wicked sense of humor and a keen view on our current moment. This is a delightful and propulsive read.” 

    —Helen Phillips, author of The Need 

      

    "This sharp page-turner is as well-constructed and pleasing as the titular Box, with a heroine whose affecting quirks lend heart and consequence to the headlong plot."  

    —Emily Gould, author of Perfect Tunes 

     

    "The Very Nice Box is a thrill ride, an enthralling tale of love and vengeance. It’s a rare novel that both sparkles with humor and pulses with deep emotion. At once a transgressive love story and an exploration of how to bring back life’s meaning after loss, the plot builds in twist after twist to a shocking ending—as superbly crafted as Ava’s own perfect box." 

    —Molly Dektar, author of The Ash Family

Available Resources

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358540113

  • ISBN-10: 0358540119

  • Pages: 368

  • Price: $25.00

  • Publication Date: 07/06/2021

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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