Shelf Life

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2005 - 184 pages
On aisle 1, Louisa's crying.
On aisle 2, Adam's trying to get fired.
On aisle 4, a renegade shopper is releasing the fizz from soda bottles.
At the service counter, an irate customer can't understand why his Long Life Milk went bad after a few years.

Working at the supermarket isn't exactly glamorous, but the teens on the staff have a lot of tasty secrets: like the fact that Adam decides to stick it out a while once he sees the very pretty Employee of the Month. Under the harsh glare of the fluorescent lights, the staff, as different as the products they unpack and arrange, unite against demanding customers and try to amuse each other until punch-out time.

In between the shelves, you'll discover romance, humor, and other realities of life in the fast aisle. Shelf- Life is a red-hot special that belongs in your shopping cart.
 

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User Review  - kittyjay - LibraryThing

Robert Corbet's "Shelf Life" tells the disconnected stories of various characters who work for - or in - a grocery store. The story gravitates towards two in particular, Louisa and Adam, but others ... Read full review

Shelf Life

User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Life in a supermarket is not all it seems. The suburban supermarket setting is a device for Corbert to tell us about the life, loves and aspirations of those who work there. At first glance, you may ... Read full review

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Contents

AISLE 1
1
AISLE 2
13
AISLE 3
27
AISLE 4
41
AISLE 5
53
AISLE 6
65
AISLE 7
80
AISLE 8
94
AISLE 9
107
AISLE 10
120
AISLE 11
132
AISLE 12
145
AISLE 13
155
AISLE 14
178
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About the author (2005)

Robert Corbet played guitar in a reggae band, worked with inner-city street kids, and taught English before becoming a full-time writer. He has written three novels with two fingers on an ancient typewriter in Melbourne, Australia, where he lives with his wife and three children. Fifteen Love was Robert's first book for Walker & Company.

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