5-STAR Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Friday, August 07, 2015

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

Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Literary Fiction / Satire Novel Not to Mention a Nice Life by Sean Murphy.

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 Book has been self-published via Bright Moments Books and is available as eBook and Paperback - 272 pages - released in June 2015.

About the Book

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.

Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)
Click to Read an Excerpt

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.

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "The craziness of corporate America in the dot.com bubble is about to burst and Sean Murphy takes us to the wackiness of F5, the epicenter largeness, as the rumble of the fall stirs among his colleagues. This book is a light and refreshing look at what life is like when it is not what you expected it to be and the angst involved in trying to figure out where you really want life to take you.[...]" - J. Fitzpatrick

- "This book had me hooked in the first paragraph. Murphy has a knack for putting things in the ultimate perspective and wraps you in to Byron's world immediately. This book put me right back in the dot com bubble and was able to retrieve all the great and not so great memories I had while being a part of it. This is a well crafted novel and I highly recommend it to anyone wants to lose themselves in the not too distant past and add some perspective to the present. Well done!" - dcfergs (Amazon)

- "[...] Sean Murphy’s new book, Not to Mention a Nice Life, is a wickedly sharp and achingly insightful view into the modern day boy in the bubble. An unflinching tribute to the years when anything was possible and nothing mattered. Pick it up and find camaraderie, catharsis, or maybe both." - JBarlow (Amazon)

- "Uncannily captures the post college/early career season of life. Sharply drawn, relatable characters keep the plot moving along briskly, and the author's unique, trademark style is poignant and clever. A must-read for those living through this difficult stage of life, but mostly for those who have gratefully moved along." - BethW (Amazon)

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.

Links to the Author and the Book

Connect via the Author's Website

Connect with the Author via Facebook

Connect with the Author via Twitter: @bullmurph

Link to the Paperback Not to Mention a Nice Life on Amazon

Link to the eBook Not to Mention a Nice Life on Amazon

Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)

Please, share with your Friends!