Relationship fiction has been dominated by female authors. Here is a refreshing change of pace. A humorous novel by a male author. It proves that yes, men have feelings, and they are just as prone to overnalyzing and overthinking as women. Today's guest is Jeff Gephart, author of Accidental Adulthood: One Man's Adventure with Dating and Other Friggin' Nonsense.
Mick's adult life is not turning out the way he'd hoped. His twenties
are over, and instead of being the acclaimed novelist and family man he
thought he'd be, Mick is stuck running a second-rate California motel
and fumbling through an endless succession of hilarious dating
misadventures. Most of his friends are married with children, and he
feels they look down upon single people like him as being merely a
fraction of a whole being. During his version of the modern single
man's search for what completes him, Mick must contend with a cast of
quirky and memorable characters that both frustrate and sustain him as
he navigates his way toward having to make a momentous career decision
that will affect all of their lives. Accidental Adulthood is a
coming-of-age story for the Tinder generation. As Mick begins to face up
to his own flaws and struggles to ascertain his place in the adult
world, some universal truths are illuminated about family, ambition,
responsibility, loyalty, and relationships.
Despite the length, Gephart's Accidental Adulthood is a smooth, entertaining and effortless read. Effortless - but far from brainless. Every chapter is bursting with grit, texture, flavor, references to pop culture, world history and dark humor. The author beats himself up with one hand and then strokes with another.
It's a self-deprecating stream of consciousness, a celebration of Peter
Pan inside every middle-aged man. It reads like a stand-up comedy skit
worthy of Eric Bogosian.