Fiction. In this novel the haute monde behave badly in a wildly comic, high-speed ride down the slippery slope of wealth and power in New York City. The GREAT WALL OF NEW YORK is an antic examination of how the other one percent lives. Romance, intrigue, financial shenanigans, and murder are only a few of the items on the menu. Stir in a little sex, politics and religion and you've got an appetizingly funny stew sauced off with the crème de la crème. "Like Wyndham Lewis, Nathaniel West, and Terry Southern before him, Kevin Barthelme fine tunes his Geiger counter to hunt down the peacock in the mineshaft of the vanities and flush it back out into the light of day!"—Alan Jones. The book is illustrated with drawings by Robert Grossman, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.
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