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SOMEONE SAID THAT GREGG FISHER’S PONTIAC Vibe was the filthiest car they had ever seen.

Someone else said they noticed Gregg Fisher’s Pontiac Vibe in the employee parking lot during a rainstorm, and that rivers of filth flowed down the car’s roof. The filth created fluid designs on the hood and hatchback, designs that resembled spiderwebs, or paint drizzles like a Jackson Pollock painting. That person had recently seen the Pollock exhibit at LACMA.

Someone said the water designs on the hood of Gregg Fisher’s Pontiac Vibe, when pictured out of context, could be considered beautiful. Someone else said that in context, the water designs were just putrid rivulets streaming down the roof of Gregg Fisher’s Pontiac Vibe, so no one should ever think of them as artistic. Most people agreed.

No one can remember the last time that Gregg Fisher’s car looked clean. Someone remembered that Gregg Fisher used to have a different car, a Plymouth Sundance or a Chrysler K-Car, they couldn’t remember which. Someone else remembered that Gregg Fisher drove that car around the parking lot for years, until it started to emit thick, smelly smoke from the tailpipe. No one remembered who complained about the smelly smoke coming out of Gregg Fisher’s tailpipe to HR, but shortly after, Gregg Fisher showed up to work driving the Pontiac Vibe.

Praise for Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday

"Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday made me laugh out loud for the first time in fifteen years. Thank you, Debbie Graber. Buy this book!" -Steve Carell
“The stories in Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday are funny and funny-sad, formally bold, and a total delight to read. Graber captures perfectly the absurdities of contemporary, corporate America and her fabulous debut reminds us that we are all searching for meaning and human connection, whether it be from friends, family, or reply-all emails.” -Edan Lepucki, author of California
“Debbie Graber's stories are crisp, sardonic, and funny—as antic and acerbic as they are intelligent and alert. A sly and incisive observer of human nature, Debbie Graber will win you over with this delightful debut.” -Sara Levine, author of Treasure Island!!!
"Evil, evil, evil stories-- If you know the devil, you should buy him this for Christmas." -Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
“KEVIN KRAMER STARTS ON MONDAY offers satirical fiction that causes you to howl with laughter at the same moment its sharply exposed horrors cut into you. Debbie Graber's stories capture the absurdities of the 21st century corporate workplace in which white-collar millenials find their inboxes always brimming with new incentives for betrayal and self-betrayal. Neither the powerless nor the powerful outrun their demons in these brilliantly funny and bruising tales of American "enterprise." -Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Fifth Station
“Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday skewers that place where so many of us spend our days and about which we spend the other hours of our lives complaining: the modern workplace. In this bitingly funny, precisely crafted collection, Debbie Graber takes on office excess: happy hours, overtime, trysts, and petty grievances. In doing so, she questions our societal notions of success and failure and invites us to laugh at our bosses and coworkers and, perhaps most of all, ourselves—knowing that if we don’t laugh, we just might cry. Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday is satire at its most incisive.” -Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade
"With laugh-out-loud humor and a wildly keen eye for detail, Graber doesn't just brilliantly satirize our heavily corporate and medicated world, she wonderfully eviscerates it." -J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

About the Author

Debbie Graber


Debbie Graber’s fiction has appeared in Harpers, Zyzzyva, Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown and Word Riot, among other journals. She received an MFA from the University of California, Riverside.


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