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The Unexpected and Fictional Career Change of Jim Kearns [Paperback]

David Munroe

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Sept. 10 2005

Jim Kearns, a career manual labourer, struggles to overcome stifling cynicism brought on by missed opportunities and mid-life discord - then he loses his job for punching out a Hollywood action star in a bizarre job-site confrontation. In an effort to salvage not only Jim's sanity but also their unravelling family, his wife, Maddy, assigns him a series of life-affirming tasks to complete while he suffers through unemployment and his fifteen minutes of fame. Through the pages of his journal, we get an often humorous and sometimes touching view of one man's life journey.

At once compelling and hilarious, The Unexpected and Fictional Career Change of Jim Kearns is the most refreshing novel of the 2005.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Sept. 10 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550025678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550025675
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 13.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,765,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Kearns, a career manual labourer, struggles to overcome stifling cynicism brought on by missed opportunities and mid-life discord - then he loses his job for punching out a Hollywood action star in a bizarre job-site confrontation. In an effort to salvage not only Jim's sanity but also their unravelling family, his wife, Maddy, assigns him a series of life-affirming tasks to complete while he suffers through unemployment and his fifteen minutes of fame. Through the pages of his journal, we get an often humorous and sometimes touching view of one man's life journey.

At once compelling and hilarious, The Unexpected and Fictional Career Change of Jim Kearns is the most refreshing novel of the 2005.



"Munroe gives us many bursts of fine writing while drumming sympathy for his disagreeable protagonist...The novel's strength is its animation of an all-too-familiar personality type and its absolutely believable depiction of a dreary workaday Toronto neighbourhood." -George Fetherling, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, September 10, 2005.

"Munroe's prose is pitch-perfect and direct, much like the character of the working-class stiff he depicts. And stiffs like this one do not get much room on the pages of Canadian fiction lately. It's a relief to read about a regular guy for a change." - Globe and Mail, October 1, 2005

"Munroe gives us many bursts of fine writing while drumming up sympathy for his disagreeable protagonist. The novel's strength is its animation of an all-too-familiar personality type and its absolutely believable depiction of a dreary, workaday Toronto neighbourhood." George Fetherling, Quill & Quire, October 2005

"One of the most refreshing urban novels of 2005"

50 Best Canadian Novels of 2005, The Sun-Times



"an enjoyable, light read." (Mid-Town Crier (Toronto, ON) 2006-04-01)

About the Author

David Munroe is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Mahoney in Control. He has won the Toronto Star Short Story Contest for his story Marathon Man. He currently lives in East Toronto with his wife, Anita, his son, Sam, and their dog, Peach.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately about coming to grips with what life is really all about and why it is so precious. Oct. 6 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The debut novel of Canadian author David Munroe, The Unexpected and Fictional Career Change of Jim Kearns is the story of Jim Kearns, a career manual laborer going through a mid-life crisis, of sorts. When he punches out a Hollywood action star in a bizarre confrontation, he loses his job and struggles to hold on to his sanity and his fraying ties with his wife and children. Jim's wife, Maddy, gives him a list of life-affirming tasks to complete while he wrestles with unemployment and unwanted fame. Told through the pages of Jim's journal, The Unexpected and Fictional Career Change of Jim Kearns is ultimately about coming to grips with what life is really all about and why it is so precious. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and down to earth. Nov. 7 2005
By Rani - Published on Amazon.com
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Many laugh out loud moments. A nice enjoyable read.
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