WHAT IF YOU TRY TO FIND YOURSELF AND EVERYBODY LEAVES?
Living a selfless life sounds like a good idea. Not for Rasmus Smith. Not in New York City. For some strange reason, this long-time New Yorker turns over a new leaf and finds himself at odds with everyone. His employer. His friends. His unpredictable ex-. Maybe change isn’t what it’s cracked up to be?
It’s 1995, and Rasmus Smith is thinking ahead. Too far ahead. The millennium isn’t for a while yet. But something has him thinking about his failures. He’s unemployed. Pining for the wrong girl. The big city he came to conquer has used him up. He could fight back. Fighting back is easy. He’ll give in, give back, and grow. That “better person” everyone is always talking about, he’ll do it. He’ll be it.
But everything pisses off New York. Even change. Soon, Rasmus is all alone. Then, a stranger notices. An attractive stranger. Will his sacrifice pay off? It’s a roll of the dice. In trying to win a new life, Rasmus risks everything on this enigmatic person he just met. Everyone knows, you don’t count on strangers in New York City.
Topics addressed in the novel:
the freelancer life, self-actualization, religious tolerance, the media landscape, mid-20’s crisis, urban living, opposites attract, personal identity, moral ethics
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Read the essay: “On Writing Marble on a Table.”