THE BOOK: Just Another Week in Suburbia.
PUBLISHED IN: 2017.
THE AUTHOR: Les Zig.
THE EDITOR: Lucy Bell was fantastic in picking up things I overlooked, or which weren’t working, while also calling me up on any bad habits that I had. I learned things throughout that edit that I could apply later to my writing.
THE PUBLISHER: Pantera Press. https://www.panterapress.com.au They’re an independent publisher focused on investing in the next generation of writers. They also use a percentage of revenue to invest in literary charities and not-for-profits.
SUMMARY: When Casper Gray finds a condom in his wife’s handbag, he suspects that she may be cheating on him. So begins a week where Casper obsesses about the possibility, while his life unravels spectacularly. The main themes of JAWiS are trust (how well can you ever know somebody?) and masculinity (Casper being forced into a situation where he has to take control of his life.)
THE BACK STORY. I’d completed other books prior to beginning work on JAWiS., but nothing had been published. I felt that with these books, I’d overwritten and also been inhibited, worrying what people would think of what I was writing. So I decided that this book would be the one where I just let go and spilled everything onto the page. The first draft took about four months to write throughout 2012, while I was rehabilitating a broken leg. In 2013, it was selected for the Hachette Manuscript Development Program. It was then rejected by the bulk of other publishers, some of whom gave me feedback that they really liked it but thought they mightn’t be able to market it. Pantera didn’t feel that way. It’s flattering and humbling when you find somebody who believes in your writing — and the stories you want to tell.
WHY THIS TITLE? The title is meant to be an irony about life in suburbia. When the idea first came to me, I thought it would interesting to explore over the course of a week, with that time frame providing the structure for what would happen.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? I love flawed characters – especially characters who are trying to find their place in the world, and who are trying to make sense of things. Casper’s world unravels because of a single small discovery. Life is made up of those small moments. Do I turn left or do I turn right? Most of the time, we’re on autopilot. But, sometimes, some small thing leads to something that jars us from that mindset and into an existence of hyperawareness.
“Zig’s unsettling work peels back the white, middle class veneer so many of us recognise from suburban life in Australia, compelling us to reflect on the hidden lives of those around us.” — Andrew Poole, 2SER/Tuesday Book Club.
“Zig has written this fabulous deliciously naughty book called Just Another Week in Suburbia … with such humour and grace and with such grace with such powers of beauty and observation that I really enjoyed it. He does it so well.” — Rob MNinshull, ABC Radio Brisbane.
“A stunningly polished psychological debut ruminating on issues of doubt, dissatisfaction, and temptation in even the most seemingly secure relationships. Just Another week in Suburbia tells the intricate story of love’s instability, the volatile nature of trust, and asks whether we can ever truly know another person. Zig masterfully delves into the fears and
fixations within us all, showing how one small event can unhingee the human psyche.” — Net Galley Roundup.
“… engaging … honest and relatable. It was difficult to put down because the story was so compelling. I just had to know what happened next. At one point my heart was pounding, and I couldn’t read fast enough … captivating.” — Jordan Reads Too Much
AUTHOR PROFILE: I have a second book coming out later this year, entitled August Falling. I’ve had short stories and articles published in various print and digital journals, and three screenplays optioned. My belief in writing has always been that story is paramount. I want people to read something I’ve written and enjoy the journey they’ve taken.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “I find nowadays that I’ve been writing about characters whose liveshave come apart, and that they’re in a mentally vulnerable state. I think this stems from my own experience with anxiety and depression over the decades, so I see these characters as trying to take a similar journey, finding within themselves the inner strength not only to survive, but to take ownership of their lives and build something for themselves.”
SAMPLE CHAPTER (See the author’s Amazon page).
WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository.
PRICE: About $29.99 for the paperback, about $10.00 for the ebook, although prices will vary depending on the retailer.
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