Book: The World, the City, and the Wakemans by Richard Frenchcategories: Book, Satire, Improvisation, Urban Living, Middle Age Dilemmas, Family Life, Family Saga, Literary Fiction
Richard Frenchabout this book: "The World, the City, and the Wakemans" is a family saga with several themes -- the advantages and troubles of modern urban life, ambitions for improvement, and struggles to overcome middle-aged malaise
I chose the title because I wanted to show the Wakeman family in their social setting and also to suggest that the challenges they take on and the obstacles they meet are common to the human race.
I think of this story also as a satire on soap operas.
Of the eleven novels I now have available on kindle direct publishing, this is the only one I wrote without notes or outline. When I got to the end of one brief chapter, I had no idea what would come in the next. I pulled strands together as I revised many times. I hope the improvisatory spirit will come through to the reader.
I include three interludes in the style of fantasy that I intend as a counterpoise to the realistic mode of the rest of the novel.
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