I'm going live with my latest book, rather than waiting around for a traditional publisher to take a chance on me. I'm putting it online, in weekly segments, like an old-fashioned serial novel.
Called "The Country/The Country," the novel is a speculative fiction inspired by the catastrophically divisive Presidential election of 2016. The story takes place in a fictional country much like our own, in which a "strong man" candidate seeks to take power using fraud and intimidation.
Here's the short plot summary that publishers call the "blurb."
A retired teacher, Keel is an Everyman in "The Commonhope of Uz," content to be a good citizen in a country founded on the rule of law and the guidance of reason. But after a long period of prosperity under a widely admired chief executive, fears of economic stagnation and social change are driving the candidacy of a new kind of leader. Called "Pig" by his supporters, who pack rallies to show their eagerness for vague, sweeping concentrations of power, businessman Karol Pegasso dominates the country's complicated election system. Chance, or something larger, drives Keel to join an opposition formed by young radicals and old-fashioned idealists, and led by an aging psychic who calls herself a witch. Together they summon forces beyond the old understandings of reason and law to build a wall of flesh and stop Pig's march to power. But in the end the country's safety relies on waking the slumbering giants of compassion and care, known as the Ancient Ones, "the bodies," and the Angels of Light.
I will be enormously grateful to any and all willing to take a look at the book's first five chapters. I've posted them at
The chapters are short.
Please leave a comment at the end; even a word or two helps.
I'll be posting new chapters every week.
It's been fun for me to write. I hope you find it fun to read.