Waiting for the Man

Arjun Basu. ECW Press (Legato Publishers Group, U.S. dist.; Canadian Manda Group/Jaguar, Canadian dist.), $24.95 (304p) ISBN 978-1-77041-177-7
Joe, a lauded copywriter for a prestigious Manhattan firm, is confronted by the grim truth that material success is no guarantor of personal happiness. Jaded, deeply unhappy with his shallow life, Joe begins to dream of a mysterious figure, the Man. On the advice of the Man, Joe abandons his career in search of a life poorer but with meaning. Thanks to a reporter named Dan, Joe's personal quest will become the focus of a growing media frenzy, unasked for fame yet another distraction on Joe's long road west towards a quiet ranch and a deeper, truer connection to the world. Abandoning riches for road trips and rustic contemplation in a quest for insight is a story that has appeared in various forms for millennia; indeed, religions have been founded by people who undertook similar journeys. This version, told in two intertwined time-lines, moves this familiar tale to a modern setting to good effect. Although this is the author's debut novel, his experience at shorter forms (Squishy) shows; fans of his 140-character Twisters on Twitter will be pleased to know that the author's talents are on display in this novel. Agent: Neil J. Salkind, Salkind Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/21/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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