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Without a Map is a 77,000 word commercial novel.  It is complete.

Who are you when the person you are no longer fits the life you have?  For fans of Steven Rowley’s Guncle and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette comes the story of Richard Harfeld, a Hollywood director who thinks he has it all until his wife dies in a sudden accident.  A crazy girlfriend and a failed film combine to make Richard reevaluate everything he believes about himself as he struggles to raise his son.  Working through their grief the two lost souls make a trip to dad’s birthplace to connect with family, only to discover that he has nothing in common with his rural roots.  Back in L.A. Richard works to make a comeback, rediscover love and rein in a son who is now dangerously acting out.  He wants to hold all the pieces of his life together just as everything is slipping away.  Combining challenges and laughs, this is the story of redefining your life in extraordinary circumstances.

This was always meant to be the paperback you buy at the airport – something short and attention-grabbing with just a touch of pathos and lots of recognizable human foibles.  Inspired by the Women Make Film documentary it takes on a unique point of view within a film-like structure.  Despite having a male protagonist I feel it will appeal to women with themes of family, relationships and parenting and can see it as a book club selection.

I am a professional actor, a retired school librarian and I have had both poetry and professional writing published.  With my various college degrees I have had instruction in writing and scoring texts.  I have also taken a Creative Writing class online with Berkeley and taught Creative Writing to Middle School students.

Comps:  In addition to the titles in the pitch there is About a Boy by Nick Hornby and Plan B by Jonathan Tropper.  There are also similarities to the film Boyhood.

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