Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)


New Indie Book Release:
Not to Mention a Nice Life - Sean Murphy
Literary Fiction / Satire (272 pages - June 2015)

Not to Mention a Nice Life examines corporate America during the not-so-quiet storm that preceded the historic economic meltdown of 2008. This book recounts the arena of big deals and small souls during the days before and after the bursting of the dot.com bubble.

"The world of work, life, and love changed seismically in the early 2000s. In Not to Mention a Nice Life, Murphy's masterful storytelling takes us on an honest, searing, sardonic ride through the decade that wasn't." - Jeremy Neuner (Co-author of The Rise of the Naked Economy)


About the Book

Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)
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Byron is a poet. And he knows it. The problem is, he's unable to make art out of the mess he has made of his life.

The more Byron drinks, the more money he makes. If he can keep up this pace, he might enable his embattled company to stay in the black. Maybe if he doubles down, all those stock options will split, reconcile and multiply. This is his story and he's stuck to it.

Byron is a real piece of work in progress: old enough to own his own condo and pay all his bills most of the time; young enough to be unmarried but understand he is not getting any younger. Byron would love to mix things up and instigate some excitement into his own humble narrative. Unfortunately, a fight scene is not feasible, a car chase is getting too carried away, and a love interest appears to be out of the question. Also, he has to be awake and ready to work in the morning, just like everyone else.

A recovering bartender, Byron struggled to escape the self-destructive restaurant business, but finds that the drinking and drugging of the corporate world are more pervasive--and encouraged--than he could ever have imagined. He finds himself unprepared for life after thirty, and ambivalent about the semi-fortune his stock options might eventually yield. Then, when a rumor circulates that a devastating round of layoffs is scheduled to occur just before Christmas, Byron begins to envision where he'll be when something approximating reality comes crashing down.

Not to Mention a Nice Life examines corporate America during the not-so-quiet storm that preceded the historic economic meltdown of 2008. A literary expansion on "Office Space," this novel provides an answer to a question not enough people have asked: What happened to Holden Caulfield when he grew up? He got a job.






About the Author

Author Sean Murphy
Author Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, reviews (of music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years. He has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes and AdAge.

In addition, he is an associate editor at The Weeklings, where he contributes a monthly column. He writes regularly for PopMatters, and his work has also appeared in Punchnel's, The Village Voice, The Good Men Project, All About Jazz, AlterNet, Web Del Sol, Elephant Journal and Northern Virginia Magazine.

He is the recipient of a Noepe Center for Literary Arts Writer Residency. Murphy's best-selling memoir Please Talk about Me When I'm Gone (A Memoir for My Mother) - Click here for more Info - was released in January 2014.


Connect with Sean Murphy via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @bullmurph


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