Attaining the American Dream One Lie at a Time.
Kevin Taylor is a woefully mediocre man who finds himself at a crossroads in his mid-30's. Everyday his alarm clock wakes him up for the cold realization that he has to go to a job that he downright loathes. His cubicle is his own private cell for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
All of his efforts to get a promotion or get another job over the past 10 years have been thwarted by his indifference towards hard work and overall incompetence.
He feels destined to be stuck in the glut of the lower middle-class, living from check to check, never having the ability to do the things he wants to do, and going to a passionless job he hates in order to maintain his mediocre fate until he decides to eliminate his competition using a strategy of office terrorism leads him into a string of hysterical occurrences as he quests to get what he thinks he rightfully deserves.
Labor Pains is a wry and absurdly comical look at the modern employee caught in the endless cycle of consumerism where it is impossible to differentiate your wants versus your needs.
"Work and the working place environment is a slippery subject matter. C.A. Huggins' humorist approach to this rarely discussed topic is an original and appropriate way to deal with it. It's probably impossible for people to find a job that they would be passionate about all the time. There are many people who aren't happy about their jobs. People, who like Kevin, work out of fear, live from paycheck to paycheck and can actually relate to his situation. ...This dark comedy with some criminal action thrown in brings a lot of difficult issues up to the surface." - Portland Book Review
"While Labor Pains is irreverently funny, it also contains pearls of insight about the dichotomy of work. It's a glorious celebration of half-ass-ism and mediocrity, terrific for readers who recognize the ridiculousness of the struggle to get ahead and appreciate the irony of having to work harder to buy more things that one has to work harder to maintain." - San Francisco Book Review
"This book is chock-full of 'that's so wrong' kind of humor, the kind you'll want to read aloud to your spouse and get them to laugh with you."- Portland Book Review