|Weekend Man, the (1970) [Novel]|
by Richard B. Wright
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The hero of the novel is a thirty-year-old salesman for a textbook-publishing house. A deliberate under-achiever, Wes Wakeham lacks the drive that sends young men climbing the corporate ladder. He is a trial to his estranged wife Molly, to his gung-ho father-in-law, and to assorted co-workers baffled by his lack of desire to make it within the System. Instead, Wes spends his life marking time, taking each day as it comes, hoping that the daily passage will deliver up a few painless diversions. He begins every morning by poking his hand into two Peter Pan peanut butter jars filled with slips of paper -- one containing a dozen "Breakfast Menus,", the other eighteen "Routes to the Office."
The action of the novel takes place during the four days before Christmas. It is an eventful and high-pitched time, for the usual forced joviality of the season has been accentuated around the offices in Winchester House by the news of the company's merger. Wes, impervious to the office politics swirling around him, drifts through the drunken parties -- and into suddenly passionate encounters with two nubile ladies. But hovering always in his mind is the prospect of reconciliation with his wife, and the even more vital question: can his life ever change?
Original title: The Weekend Man
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction