Fiction. Three generations of the Howell family, originally from California, manage to get in trouble with everyone from the CIA to the Mexican mob to Big Nuclear in a wild, farcical romp through the time zones, inviting us to reflect on the mess the human species has got itself into. Is there any escape from this seemingly inevitable impending train wreck? In this contemporary family saga that hop-scotches all over the world, stopping on every continent but Australia and the South Pole, Kevin Bartelme again demonstrates his ability to drill, a little deeper, into manifestations of absurdity in the face of scientific and social issues that affect lives everyday not only in the USA but world wide.
"A delightful blend of wicked, often outrageous humor, mixed with some fairly sobering social commentary. Think of it as George Carlin meets Stephen Hawking. Riveting."—Dave Macaray
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