I bought this because it was promoted by a small independent publisher called '& other stories' and it sounded both hilarious and intriguing.
However, at the end of the day, when push comes to shove, De Witt spins a funny enough yarn but she’s skating on fairly thin ice.
It has to be said in her defence that she rolls out this ‘penetrating’ tale with her tongue placed firmly in her cheek and once you take that on board, things fall into place quick as lightning.
The main character, a failed encyclopaedia salesman, remarkable only for the mind-blowingly clichéd nature of his thoughts, dreams up an ingenious but slightly off the wall solution to the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace: Lightning Rods.
Now, if you’re wondering how lightning rods can possibly influence sexual harassment in the workplace, just think how the classic lightning rod attracts surplus and potentially harmful energy and deflects it....