When you pick up a book at the store, are you tired of the hipster irony and back-to-nature post-post-modernism, the vampire love stories and political thrillers? Do you crave a gripping story to baffle and rattle your comfort, to ask all the hard questions of life and leave your mouth agape? Do you miss exacting, lush language to remind you why you love books? What of old world talent without new age apologies? Luckily, a new novel, "Returns and Exchanges" is here to save your sense of childish wonder, to ground and elevate you, to challenge your creeping surrender, to return your youthful striving.
What is this book about? With uncompromising vision, "Returns and Exchanges" captures the ethos of a freewheeling generation tethered, exploring all the great themes of literature - love, death, betrayal, genius, faith, mystery, fate and passion. Contemporary fiction that delves with abandon in New York and Nigeria, Berlin, Moscow and the American West, the book trails eight strong characters - young, old, optimistic and world-weary, ambitious and accomplished, secular and religious - as circumstance forces each to confront the double-edged sword of identity. A violinist virtuoso composes the First Symphony that will fuel his meteoric rise. A suburban misfit bucks the pressure of impending marriage, as a conformist's marital bliss unravels before her eyes. A European playboy must face his past to be reborn by fire. A New York grand dame turns debutante for a past love that will help recapture her youth. A bold journalist braves the wilds of Russia for the story of his life. An ambitious upstart from Texas bites into the Big Apple before it bites back. A refugee's secret exposed upends a lifetime of hiding in plain sight.
My literary influences include Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Herman Hesse, Dante Alighieri, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge-Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, Maimonides and Moses. To "taste" the first chapter of the book, visit: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php...
Where is your money going? The funds will be used to self-publish and market the book in both electronic and print formats, on the web and in bookstores. With your help through word of mouth, blogs, Twitter and whatever else works, I am thrilled to offer my debut novel, "Returns and Exchanges."
When you invest in this bold literary venture, you will get much more than just satisfaction for supporting a young writer. You will also see your name published in the text and on the book's Facebook site (only if you so wish) as a contributor, along with your very own print and/or electronic copy. Aside from my sincere gratitude, I will also bestow various thank-you gifts in proportion to your pledge. As an added bonus, the first 100 contributors will receive an exclusive invitation to the book release party to take place at a swanky downtown Manhattan location to be revealed.
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