My Newish NovelTransatlantic tells the story of Stephen Langshaw, obsessive shower-taker and self-diagnosed sufferer of 'life-vertigo,' who travels to London in search of his uncle Brian. Stumbling his way out of what he calls his 'American predicament,' Stephen hopes his uncle can guide him through his recent divorce and tell him how, finally, to begin his life as a full-fledged adult.
'Looking up at the scene-shifting sky, he searched for a jet trail that might soon be his own—a thought that once would have been ripe with ominous connotations, but now thrilling...The rest no doubt would all be up to the sturdy, anchor-strong example of his uncle Brian.'
Imagine a literary lovechild born of Margaret Drabble and Philip Roth sometime in the 1970s, now trying to navigate its way through the vagaries of the millennial whirlpool. This is a current, topical, and (at times) sexually frank journey. It is also the story of a comically self-absorbed young man trying to find himself while failing to get out of his own way.