Rorschach’s Ribs: a Brief Synopsis

Before we get into snippets and samples of my novel, Rorschach’s Ribs,…let me lay it all out for you.


Escher Smallwater can’t sleep in. That’s the least of his problems. Two years shy of thirty and recently laid off from his job in advertising, Escher has a lot to deal with in his life right now. Forced to make some changes since being laid off, (Folger’s instead of Starbuck’s, Hamburger Helper instead of a cute waitress flirting for a better tip), his lifestyle is gone, and suddenly the American Dream seems more like a nightmare. As Corporate Charlie bares his darker side by way of recessions and hiring freezes, Escher has found himself with more free time to reassess his life, and he’s mad as hell. He will never be a rock star or date a super model. He doesn’t get carded at bars anymore, teenagers now think of him as creepy, and he prefers VH1 to MTV. He’s never been in love, his career path has essentially disappeared, and somehow, he and his neighbors have inadvertently become the drug kingpins of St. Louis headed towards one big deal. A life once filled with Ikea catalogs and cubicles now consist of consumer guerillaism, lesbian strippers and a gold-toothed thug named “Mo-Mo”. All this and an impending high school reunion.

Rorschach’s Ribs focuses on what happens when the first generation destined to do worse than their parents gets old and starts questioning the American Dream; what happens when Corporate America turns its back. Through an eccentric, colorful cast of characters and a cynical wit, Rorschach’s Ribs delves into a world of e-commerce, target markets, and the underbelly of capitalism.


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