First off, I've bought this book about five times, I've mailed it, given it away, I have a copy in my car right now. It's the book equivalent of a breath of fresh air. The entire book takes place in the thoughts of Howie, a white collar office worker, as he rides the escalator back to work after his lunch break. The reader follows the stream of Howie's consciousness as he meditates on ordinary objects and situations in a way that makes them seem beautiful and miraculous. For example, Howie considers, at length, why one of his shoelaces breaks before the other, and, believe me, it's delightful. When you feel yourself getting cynical about the tedium of modern life or when you think there's nothing interesting about drinking straws-give it a try. Captivating, beautiful and totally unique. Ahhhhh...that's fresh.
The seemingly mundane events that occur to a young clerk on his lunch hour are magnified in his mind into complex statements on the modern condition.