strutting and fretting

"At the forefront of all the serious new fiction released this year." - Midwest Book Review

Got reservations? Noncommittal Bob does - about his life. And his wife has left him. And he's broke. Party!

School's over, and Bob has landed an acting job at a major repertory theatre on the California coast. But instead of relishing his success, Bob is preoccupied with doubts about his talent, his life choices and his future.

But hey - four months of solid work is something, right? Maybe, just maybe, Bob can turn his life around over the summer - and perhaps be invited to keep his job in the fall. But it may take a resolve and a determination that Bob does not, at this point in his life, have an abundance of:

"Who am I to think I can do this? My marriage is failing, my tenure in the Ivory Tower of Education is over and my MFA degree is really a great credential for a career in fast food. What does it matter to the deep fryer guy that I've done the definitive Macbeth at age 24?"

Life to Bob: Make something happen. October is bearing down fast.


yes, it's a real place

The events in the novel are mostly fictional, but the locale, a summer theatre in the heart of the beautiful California Central Coast, is very real. The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) in Santa Maria produces vibrant theatre year-round and has trained thousands of young actors over the many decades it has been in existence. In the summer, PCPA brings shows to nearby Solvang and performs in the open air Solvang Festival Theater (shown in photo). Read more about the theatre here:


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reviews and commerce

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