Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat
Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat... Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke's harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of Los Angeles. Just when Luke can't bear life's pain anymore, he is remade--into a rich but brutal man. As Luke catapults through realms of fame and fortune, he is granted one last chance to seek redemption in a final showdown between honor and his own devastating power.
- Paperback | 460 pages
- 152 x 229 x 26mm | 671g
- 01 Apr 2016
- Aqueous Books
- Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
In the spirit of the best of American social commentary-think Sinclair Lewis or John O'Hara-Todd R. Baker's Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat follows the fall and rise of demoralized advertising executive and single father Luke Morrow, who fate gives a crack at the parallel life he has always wanted and believes himself to deserve. Carefully observed and cleverly plotted, Baker's tour-de-force is at once biting and poignant, both a commentary on the misguided values of our business class and a testament to the redemptive power of parental love. I cannot recall the last time I read a volume of this length in one weekend-at least, not for pleasure-and I entirely lost track of time in the process. The dialogue is as crisp and as authentic as any in modern fiction; the pages seem to turn themselves. In short, a first-rate novel that captures the pulse of its age. -Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein's Beach House Tightly written and [...] adroit in its storytelling, [Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat] offers two finely drawn lives and a continuing mystery as to how they will overlap. The curious will wonder how it all ends [...] The novel should cause many readers to fervently seek [its] lesson. -Kirkus Reviews At a moment when America's adoration of its financial giants is approaching a unique level of madness, Todd R. Baker comes to remind us what dangerous heroes we have wrought. A timely morality tale, observed with an insider's fidelity. -Robin Kirman, author of Bradstreet Gate An inventive blend of fable and satire that expertly captures the complexity of the lives we lead. -Lou Berney, USA Today best-selling author of The Long and Faraway Gone Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat lays bare the warped narcissism of an unconscionable American billionaire, championing the redemptive antidote to him: a return to civility and basic decency. In the time of Donald Trump and garish Trumpism, Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat restores crucial faith in our most principled values: honor, empathy, and love. -L.S. Bassen, author of Summer of the Long Knives, Lives of Crime & Other Stories, Marwa, Atlantic Pacific Press Drama Prize Winner In the multiple incarnations of Luke Morrow, the hero of Todd R. Baker's tightly drawn debut novel, we are presented with life's many interpretations of success, love, and fatherhood. One man's oscillation between two converging worlds is what gives this novel its narrative drive, and it's worth holding on. -Elliot Ackerman, author of Green on Blue I found much to admire in the novel. Todd is clearly a talented writer, with a special gift for dialogue. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of the father-son relationship-tender, funny, and true. -Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden There are many tender scenes between Luke and his son... Luke's rise from despair [...] takes readers on a journey full of riches... A Faustian tale of a SoCal man given the choice between fame and fortune or his heart and soul. -IndieReader