Saturday, May 28, 2011

It was all a dream....

I write because I must. If I don't, I will live miserably. It is a craft that chose me many, many years ago. Understanding that no one may care about my stories, I persist. Today, Saturday, May 28, 2011, I present to you the first chapter of my debut novel, Joseph Peters et al! I am sooo freaking excited! For those of you who have been wanting to peek at the text for years, I appreciate your patience. I'm certain you won't be disappointed. I anticipate publishing the novel by August 15, 2011. Okay. Here's the link. Finally, here is the synopsis:

Joseph Peters et al
Literary Fiction
64,000 words
by John W. Brown

Stacey Jones is an 18-year-old girl who, despite stellar academic achievements, ignores everyone’s expectations and forgoes attending college. Complaining of “scholastic fatigue,” she promises to obtain employment, avoid becoming a teen parent, and resume her studies in exactly 365 days. Believing that real-world experience will have a greater effect than their disapproving words, her parents (Carmen and Phillip) reluctantly respect her wishes.

In the months following graduation, Stacey primarily spends time with two friends: Nona and Tariq. Three years her senior, Nona dispenses “sisterly” advice and challenges Stacey to set realistic expectations. Tariq, her best friend since junior high school, exhibits empathy and compassion. Like Stacey, he has decided to postpone his academic pursuits. Facing paternal opposition, Tariq must decide whether the benefits of defiance outweigh the risk of being disinherited. Additionally, he desires to reconcile his sexual orientation and begin dating men.

In addition to managing the lives of her children and husband, Carmen functions as the confidant to her best friend, Roxanne. Further, she monitors the activities of her father, Joseph Peters (“Daddy J”). Somewhat cognizant of her limitations, she ignores convention and takes a one-week vacation – without her family - to Serenity Inn, where she encounters an unorthodox, non-conformist, eccentric woman. Returning home and reflecting on the experiences had while on vacation, Carmen is determined to rein-in her controlling tendencies. However, the receipt of unexpected news precipitates a much-needed emotional breakdown.

Joseph Peters is an 82-year-old man who is hell-bent on not relinquishing his independence and autonomy. A two-time widower, he maintains an active social life and functions with minimal assistance. His life progresses smoothly until his wives – in spirit form - insist that he vacate his home. Upon overcoming Carmen’s resistance and securing familial support, he begins the process of identifying viable housing options. Touring nursing homes and completing countless applications, Daddy J becomes less optimistic. Asked to decrease his level of involvement, he travels to St. Louis, Missouri and visits his sister, Martha.

Joseph Peters et al celebrates the life experiences of our elders and validates the struggles of the young. Through character analysis, the novel examines issues and emotions that are relevant to many persons, such as grief, loneliness, frustration, and fear. Further, it examines the strategies that people employ when attempting to ameliorate suffering. Finally, the novel promotes perseverance, hope, and love.

Enjoy!

6 comments:

Michael Rochelle said...

Congratulations on your upcoming book. That's an awesome feat. You're taking a step that so many of us want to eventually get to ourselves one day. That's awesome news. Looking forward to reading chapter one.

Charles Harvey said...

Sounds good. Is it a YA novel or for general audiences? Great Title.

Losojosnuevos said...

@Michael: Thanks, dude.
@Charles: It's an adult novel.

Deevs said...

I've not written one novel or short story yet - but my two passions in life are animals and writing. And I do hope to focus more on the latter.

Seeking out other writers, pro or amateur, seems a good step. So I will be happily following your blog! :)

Losojosnuevos said...

Thanks, Deevs. I appreciate the support.

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