About the Book
Din Swift lives a life of quiet desperation. A mundane job, an abysmal wage, and a one-way road to nowhere permeating his everyday life. All this leaves him and his even more infuriated best friend, Chris, wondering how and why they came to find themselves in this world of an increasingly disposable workforce. A time far different from the “American Dream” they were brought up to know, and a vision that older generations have enjoyed considerably more. They dare to question all this and more. What Din is not so inclined to share is that he has already quit his job, yet does not have the nerve to tell anyone. Be it a newfound courage or a crazed second wind, Din decides to fix everything by finding a new job and thereby hoist himself out of this rut. In painful and even comical fashion, Din discovers the process of interviewing to be a full-time job in and of itself, and soon realizes why he was so reluctant to resign to begin with. It takes an agonizing twist of fate to re-evaluate everything about himself, as well as everyone around him. Follow his journey as he navigates catastrophic romances, the testing of friendships, and ultimately comes to question if the modern America he lives in, both economically and culturally, may really be within an irreversible era of decline.
About the Author
Jeff Marlowe lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, marketing, and writing at a major law firm. He considers Philadelphia, along with the surrounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey area his home. Jeff holds a master’s degree in English Literature and has taught English and writing courses at various colleges and universities throughout the country. Never Going Home is his debut novel, with many more books to follow. For more information, visit www.jeffmarlowebooks.com
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Never Going Home is a contemporary fiction book set in what we have come to know as the modern “American Dream.” The story centers around Din Swift, a man caught up in this phenomenon and trying to find a better life for himself, albeit quite frustrated on the lack of opportunities in comparison to what older generations enjoyed when they were his age; and the absurdities surrounding the job market and how we seem forced to handle circumstances with a certain level of denial that he is not willing to give. Never Going Home not only points out “what is wrong’ with our world today, but also asks why we allow it all to happen.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
This book can be enjoyed by anyone college age and certainly above. Anyone who has ever had the experience of looking for a job, interviewing, working in general; and how this all affects friendships and relationships, will be able to relate to both the awful and hysterical experiences told in the story. The book asks questions that have likely been on everyone’s mind at one point or another; and perhaps make readers ask questions they have not before.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
So many. To name some of the top stars on my bookshelves: Christopher Hitchens, Raymond Chandler, Daniel Quinn, Richard Russo, Jonathan Trooper, and J.D. Salinger. In reading, I like to be entertained as well as to be provided a thought provoking experience.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Always keep reading. Keep thinking, and keep asking questions. Self-doubt is normal for any writer, and it never really goes away. All the same, believe in yourself and your story.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
Feel free to visit my website at www.jeffmarlowebooks.com. You can also follow me on twitter @themarlowelife