Simon Hammond

Workplace Solutions

Lightning Rods

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Helen DeWitt’s novel Lightning Rods is in one sense the classic story of a rags-to-riches fulfilment of the American Dream. Joe – surname-less, but he might as well be called Everyman, Schmoe or Sixpack – is a door-to-door salesman, that archetype of can-do Americana, who has a once-in-a-lifetime idea and makes his fortune.

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