When kids grow up, they stop believing in imaginary friends. Or do they?
In this wide-ranging, offbeat, pacey novel, an American trash TV host and his beauty-queen mistress are kidnapped in Colombia; a spaceship crashes in the Amazon; radicals plot the overthrow of the Japanese government; and a man falls in lust with a bikini model 5,000 miles away, only to see his quest to meet her fall foul of terrorism, television, and his own 21st-century delusions about what's achievable (and what's just make-believe) in the realm of human happiness.
Food addicts, Navy SEALs, stewardesses, cops, criminals, corporate executives, hookers, secret agents, scientists, insurgents, slumdogs, daydreamers, sex stars and extraterrestrials are among the personae that populate the pages of this comedy of the modern world...hopelessly addicted to TV, celebrity, and the satisfaction of its proliferating wants, whether political, erotic, metaphysical, gastronomic—whatever you can imagine.
With everyone out madly scrambling for himself or lost within alienating entertainments, it's hard to find a real friend anywhere. Unless friends ARE only imaginary, after all....
Martin Phipps is the author of: The Concentrationists; More Wine?; Rue des Mensonges; Imaginary Friends; The Hard Way; and two books of short stories. He's written for the newsletter of The Anthony Burgess Center and of The International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
Rue des Mensonges Published January 16, 2015
The Sexes Published January 14, 2015
The Concentrationists Published December 04, 2013
The Blue Rose and other stories Published January 10, 2013