: Wakedale: a Novel
Imagine that you are a sixth-grade teacher and see your former student and lover headed up the sidewalk with an AR-15. Imagine the unimaginable in the novel's first sentence: What the media would later call the “first reports” were, in actuality, the spray of automatic gunfire that wiped out the principal, her secretary, and a security guard at Wakedale Elementary.
I am seeking representation for Wakedale
, a psychological drama triggered by this event. Though Wakedale’s
beginning may inspire a morbid curiosity like Jane Hamilton’s opening scene in A Map of the World
, it may do so with a lyricism found in Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!
, and may also be tinged with the disenfranchisement of a Dave Eggers’s work. I am seeking representation for this 129,500-word novel which chronicles the two lives most affected by this horrific event.
NOVEL: The Operatic Scale of Desire
An exhilarating ride from the outset, The Operatic Scale of Desire follows thirty characters—including chaplain and opera aficionado Dan Wallis—who utilize crablegZdotcom to locate individuals for a varieties of purposes including sex. The novel is a serious exploration of how a contemporary people with a universal desire to pair up with someone now employ online sites to do so. Set late in 2008 and early 2009, the novel hints throughout that many of these thirty pilgrims will find themselves on the mall in Washington to witness the inauguration of the country's first black president. The trip there is one of a kind!
MEMOIR: Quest for the Marble Apple: Memoir of a Reluctant Teacher
Richard Jespers never wished to be a teacher in the first place. He wanted to sing and dance on Broadway. When he realized he had not the dazzle to make that dream come true, he turned to several other choices, and then finally teaching. After three years of floating, he realized that teaching, too, was hard, and, more important, that he could spend his life no other way. He then became committed and worked his way through the grades, arriving at the pinnacle of his career by teaching English to International Baccalaureate eleventh graders. It is a book that largely explores his inner life as a teacher.