My debut novel Nothingness
August 27, 2012 7:57 AM   Subscribe

My debut novel Nothingness
Years in the making, my first novel Nothingness is finally available as an e-book on Smashwords. It's a darkly comic satire on America drowning in delusion. A family is dissolving in a community turning more paranoid with every additional inch of rain that falls. It's like Don Quixote meets Lord of the Flies. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll believe anything.

My debut novel Nothingness is now available as an e-book on Smashwords. During a Biblically rainy March in Massachusetts, the townspeople are fed up with closed roads and flooded basements. But they're already sick of the recession, their ineffectual government, illegal immigrants, and any news source that doesn't pander to their suspicion and resentment. Common purpose, brotherly love, and critical thinking skills go into the dumpster with the waterlogged indoor-outdoor carpeting as the townspeople interpret incidents of teenaged mischief as Satanic ritual activity. Suddenly the community at large suspects demon worship and minority unrest in its midst, and believes the African-American governor is lying about the structural integrity of the town's dam. This tale of a twentyfirst-century witch hunt involves LSD, goth chicks, crusading preachers, the Monty Hall problem, lovelorn graffiti artists, terrible online dates, 9-11 truthers, Don Quixote, hockey coaches obsessed with numerology, and a radio host hated in the community for his unforgivable skepticism. Download a free sample and enjoy this witty look at America in the new Dark Ages.
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posted by Fritz Langwedge (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I got 25 pages into it, and realized I can't start another book. It was nice to revisit eastern Mass, though. And, I dig your dialogue style.
posted by hanoixan at 10:23 PM on August 29, 2012

Thanks for the props, hanoixan. Hope you can get back to it some time.

You used to live or study in eastern MA? Whereabouts?
posted by Fritz Langwedge at 3:23 PM on September 2, 2012

I'm really enjoying this, thank you for sharing it.
posted by thylacinthine at 6:24 PM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

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