Rights offering detail :
Mortal Weather
June 10, 2020
Author:
Kevin McCarthy
Category:
Fiction: General/Other
Description:
Many of us manage to avoid contemplating mortality till middle age, when friends and relatives start to check out with alarming regularity. Then we scramble to formulate a way to think about death that enlivens, or at least informs, our continued existence. Hence, MORTAL WEATHER. It's a novel of ideas with a dash of magical realism and a liberal helping of adventure-romance. The title comes from an epigraph, "Enough Sky:” (http://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/enough-sky/).

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MORTAL WEATHER: Contemporary fiction. Literary w/ magical realism. 103,400 words.

Stanhope Ellis is a window washer who is not a voyeur but a listener. Discreetly absorbing stories makes life bearable for Stan, till he discovers that new acquaintances are dying after talking to him. As he struggles with whether he's Mister Death or a cosmic witness, he meets a wise nurse, Gayathri Das, who feels compelled to help him navigate the emotional minefield. But will she die, like the others?

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A story about death sounds depressing, but as it turns out — inevitably — it’s full of love and light. It seems a lot of writers want to add Covid-19 aspects to their work these days, but I can’t see forcing the virus into this first novel, despite the theme. I have some scenes in mind for the end of the next book, TANGERINE STARWARD, but will not use them if they distort the narrative. You're welcome to talk me into adding the virus to MORTAL WEATHER, if you're so inclined.
Rights available:
Every conceivable.
Other Information:
Several other projects in mind. For example, a small book of essays on American culture -- including those posted at Locuto.com -- called LETTERS TO AMERICA.
Contact:
Kevin McCarthy
kpmc99@locuto.com
phone: +64 027 360 0815
Offering #:
16438
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