Cleaner (Hardback)
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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 31/08/2023
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'Razor-sharp . . . Biting and compulsive' GRAZIA

I clean the offices and bathrooms and lobby five nights a week, but my actual job is to take care of everyone. They need so much help.

At night, in a corporate office block in an unnamed metropolitan city, a cleaner begins her shift.

As she cleans Sad Intern's desk, she throws away some of her more alarming health supplements, and leaves her healthy snacks instead. Mr Buff's desk is immaculate, but he seems to have a secret smoking habit - not conducive to his fitness journey - which she's going to help him kick. She confiscates the knitted coaster that attractive, sensitive Yarn Guy has given to Cola Woman - someone who clips her nails in the office doesn't deserve his gifts.

But tonight, while scrolling through your emails, she'll discover the secret you've been hiding - the one that will threaten her job, and the jobs of everyone she takes care of. And you're about to find out that, sometimes, your most powerful enemy is the one you don't even see.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472299543
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A darkly funny tale. - RED Magazine

Razor-sharp ... biting and compulsive. - Grazia

[A] compulsively readable workplace satire. - The iPaper

A darkly funny, off-beat read. - Heat Magazine

You'll never leave your desk drawer unlocked overnight again. - Financial Times

A sharp and toothy portrait of a life devoted to the convenience of others . . . Cleaner skilfully satirizes the work-place novel, offering cutting insights on the hypocrisy and empty ambitions of grind culture. - Isle McElroy, author of PEOPLE COLLIDE and THE ATMOSPHERIANS

Brandi Wells's Cleaner is a fantastic office novel, a keen evocation of our deep desire for dignity in the workplace and for recognition of a job well done. It's also a smart thriller about what the essential workers you choose not to see might right now be thinking about you-and a sharp reminder that you ignore the people upon whom your good life depends at your own peril. - Matt Bell, author of APPLESEED

What a total delight it is to roam this (almost) empty building with Brandi Wells' cleaner who is always peering (and neatening) the surfaces of people's lives and finding so much depth in there to mess with - Here's a new and key addition to office fiction and a thrilling debut novel by a propulsive voice. - Aimee Bender, author of THE BUTTERFLY LAMPSHADE

The most richly crafted delusion of a novel since Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen. I couldn't put it down - an exquisite novel! - Sarah Rose Etter, author of RIPE

Brandi Wells has created a biting, witty, pitch-perfect novel about one woman's desire to connect with her office co-workers - the only problem is, she cleans the office during the night and they work during the day. Cleaner is funny, slyly moving, and totally weirdly wonderful, and Brandi Wells is a gloriously bold writer. I adored it. - Annie Hartnett, author of RABBIT CAKE and UNLIKELY ANIMALS

Suspenseful, obsessive, and scalpel-sharp, Cleaner is an ultra-vivid and profound parable of contemporary work life imbued with the soft blue glow of a middle manager's computer screen at night. In other words, Wells brilliantly documents all the ways we make each other feel small and unseen at the workplace (and the tactics we may use to dismantle these hierarchies) in this electrifying, singular debut. - Patrick Cottrell, author of SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE

Welcome to the office building at night, an eerie and yet totally mundane ship helmed by one woman desperate for connection and valiantly, perhaps delusionally, striving for meaning in her work. Brandi Wells' Cleaner is laugh out loud funny, but its project of validating unseen labor is totally serious. This is a book that celebrates humanity, even while tearing down the corporate culture that denies it in the drollest and wittiest of ways. - Julia Fine, author of MADDALENA AND THE DARK

There are people who pass unnoticed, but who nevertheless quietly shape the worlds that others occupy. Cleaner is about one such person, about someone who, secretly, without being detected, subtly tugs on the strings that remain unseen to so many others, changing lives that even after the fact often don't know who or what has changed them. Cleaner is a clever portrait that scrapes away the slick veneer of the everyday to reveal the rough grain of the wood beneath. - Brian Evenson, author of LAST DAYS

Is it just office trash or the ephemera of a life? Bursting from the cleaning closet of meditative workplace novels like Nicholson Baker's Mezzanine, Wells masterfully invites the reader into the beating heart of a workplace, uncovering secrets, fantasies, and sorrows with every cleaned cubicle and vacuumed hallway. An unflinchingly honest and often fanciful mediation on people through the lens of an invisible worker who clocks in after five. - Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of HOW HIGH WE DO IN THE DARK

A sharply observed offbeat gem of a novel. A book that has you questioning what the mess you leave behind says about you . . . - Asia Mackay, author of KILLING IT

'Unsettling, with a smart, satisfying ending.' - Daily Mail

I absolutely loved this offbeat, bold and witty novel that skewers corporate culture and shines a light on the overlooked and under-appreciated hands that keep the world turning. - Holly Seddon, author of THE SHORT STRAW

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“An entertaining novel with a message”

Our narrator works the night shift, cleaning an office block, giving the occupants of her favourite floor nicknames reflecting the personalities she assigns them. She shifts papers she thinks need attention, leaves... More

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“A laugh-out-loud funny, crazy, entertaining debut.”

“I do more than mindlessly clean. I watch over everyone, help them manage their days. I shuffle important work to the top of their inboxes, leave snacks so their blood sugar won’t drop, and help course-correct by... More

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“Starts off well”

I was excited to read this book and it had so much potential. It sounded like a dark and offbeat read that would keep me entertained. The main character, the unnamed cleaner, is a sociopath. One who believes that her... More

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