Natural Selection

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
A short story about a corporate manager on the verge losing it all. Office politics, a growing drinking problem, estrangement from his family, and a looming layoff are pushing him to the edge of a personal abyss.

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Words: 7,690
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452359168
About Fred Bubbers

Fred Bubbers grew up in Elmhurst, New York where he attended Newtown High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1982 from The State University of New York at Albany, where his writing appeared in various student publications. Since then he has been employed in the software industry in various roles from software engineer to data warehouse architect to development director. His personal essays, short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as The Oregon Literary Review, The Square Table, The Green Silk Journal, Lily, Seeker Magazine, Static Movement, Word Riot, The Angler, Cantaraville, The Shine Journal, Loch Raven Review, and The Big Stupid Review.

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Review by: Marianne Curtis on Dec. 22, 2012 :
I have never been in the position to have to hire or fire anything so I really appreciated the author’s attempt to put the reader in the position to understand that it was not an easy thing to do, even though it is one’s job. Bubbers is very good at painting a picture with his words that leads you to become emotionally invested in his story. While I am sure he was doing his job, it is sad that the hero’s family did not understand his commitment to his job and abandoned him in the end. It’s hard to be a working person, taking care of one’s family and still be 100% father or mother; it also takes a special person to understand that and chose to stay.

Marianne Curtis
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christopher Hunter on April 03, 2011 :
Wasn't perfect, but it was very good. A nice portrait of one of corporate America's most glaring flaws.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: scullerypress on March 10, 2011 :
A great read and a lot of people will be able to relate to the main protagonist.

One small critisism, I counted at least 4 typos.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mike Rosenbaum on July 06, 2010 :
Great stuff! Familiar experiences for many of us, so well told...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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