Life is distracting, for sure. Social media alone creates new pressures to “keep up,” and the always-on nature of the web and smart phones pulls. To get someone’s attention, stuff needs to be short. Punchy.
— Bullet points.
— But not too many.
So forget the reviews and long descriptions. Here’s Ghosts of Tom Joad in ten bullet points:
1) It’s all about this guy named Earl, who lives in Ohio. He and his family stand in for the rest of us, being thumped around by the changing American economy over the last 50 years. They’re symbolically the 99 percent.
2) If you’re under 35 years old, you’re likely screwed. You’ll never have job security, good benefits or a pension. You can start saving now, but it’ll never be enough. At night the ice weasels will come for your soul.
3) The book has two (!) sexytime scenes. One is romantic and the other not so much. They symbolize the decline-of-society thing, get it, warm, sweet sex replaced by what we’ll call here commercial sex. Both are long enough you can find them while flipping through the book so you can buy it just for that. Neither are in the online Amazon sample part.
4) Some parts of the book are funny, in an ironic humor sort of way. There are some actual jokes, like “A guy walks into a bar…” old-timely jokes. They are spoken by old people characters.
5) Tom Joad was the main character from John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. You read it in high school, maybe saw the movie. Some re-read it as Cliff Notes in college to get enough sources and cites into that required essay.
6) If you get bored reading Ghosts, there are “Hidden Mickeys” or “Easter Eggs” that reference Grapes of Wrath.
7) The people my fictional character Earl meets in the book are the ghosts. But it’s a double-meaning thingie! You’ll see!
8 ) There is a surprise ending. But you won’t get it unless you read the whole book ahead of it. I’m sorry you’ll be stuck doing that.
9) I won’t tell you what the surprise ending is.
10) The Kindle version is like $7 bucks. Please buy it.
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