Fiction. In a manic romp through America's maddest metropolis, screenwriter Kevin Bartelme's O'ROURKE chronicles the hilarious escapades and misadventures of tile-setters Robert O'Rourke and his assistant Maurice. Bartelme guides the two craftsmen through a series of wild vignettes wherein they encounter a whole panoply of characters who variously amuse, entertain, and occasionally torment them as they ply their trade everywhere from the sewer to the penthouse. As craftsmen, they are obliged to maintain certain standards, but their clients keep getting in the way with their loony designs, goofy histrionics and plain bad taste. O'ROURKE is a non-stop farce with an edge, bound to delight anyone who has actually managed to maintain a sense of humor.
Born in Minnesota and educated in Berkeley and New York, Kevin Bartelme has spent the past forty years in New York City although for the past three years he has been residing between New York, Yucatan, Mexico and Tokyo, Japan. Author of six novels: O'ROURKE: ANOTHER SLOP SINK CHRONICLE (2003), THE GREAT WALL OF NEW YORK (2006), THE GREAT REDSTONE (2009), AIN'T LIFE SWELL (2019), THE TIN HAT (2020), and LET THEM EAT RUBBISH (2020) all with Coolgrove Press. Bartelme's output is a testament to his love of writing stories with intriguing plots in language that can entertain and enlighten in a light hearted way. His plots are enriched by his ability to apply a wide array of interests in a disciplined manner, sticking to good form with all things important. A father of two grown sons, Bartelme lives with his wife Mayumi Terada who is a photographer and artist. Bartelme has written for feature films and theater in the past. He continues writing novels and short stories. As an admirer of Marcel Proust, Kevin Bartelme has spent the last few years, in his own words, "in a cork lined room fasting and meditating on his numerous previous sins which, if revealed, would fill another book or two."Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA