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The Deli Diaries
     by Ella Weber
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Forthcoming Sept. 12th, 2023

Book Description:

Fresh out of art school with a pile of debt and a broken heart, Della moves into her parents’ basement in suburban Nebraska and lands a “temporary” job as a deli clerk. Struggling to smile under the small talk of corporate commands, she contends with mind-numbing eight-hour shifts, bumbling management, ruthless secret shoppers, and a crew of misfit coworkers. Despite the monotonous drudgery, can Della stay true to herself and find creative inspiration in a life behind the counter?


With inimitable quirkiness and fever dream flair, Ella Weber’s debut novel is a hysterical yet heartfelt parody of millennial plight, Midwest mediocrity, overweening artistic ambition, and the inanity of the daily delicatessen grind. As inventive and entertaining as autofiction gets, The Deli Diaries is an unforgettable slice of life unafraid to ask the big questions: Who ham I? What ham I? Where ham I?

Author Bio:

Ella Weber is a basement-based artist who uses humor, play, and storytelling within her practice. She received an MFA in printmaking at the University of Kansas. Balancing life as a starving artist, Ella transforms her day jobs into an extension of her studio. Across the counter, Ella blurs the line between employee and customer, performance and reality, art and life. As a recovering deli clerk, Ella is now considering a career in produce and continues to live, laugh, love in Omaha, Nebraska. The Deli Diaries is her debut novel.

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