Mark Biderman is on the edge of his dream. But his wife — the mother of his children — is threatening divorce if he publishes the memoir he’s been working on for years. Too many details of their personal lives; too much information she considers private.
Mark’s inspirational New York Times essay on trading his briefcase for clown shoes went viral, resonating with thousands of readers fed up with working soul-crushing jobs. A big literary house wants a memoir in the style of the much-tweeted piece.
But Denise isn’t giving an inch, and this is a bad sign. It reminds Mark of his past failures. He quit law when chronic pain in his knees and back signaled he was in the wrong field. He flopped as a public school teacher because he couldn’t fake the fire in the belly.
Denise has stuck with him through all the changes. She is his rock. Now Mark has to decide between his marriage and fulfilling his long-held desire to be a published author.
CLOWN SHOES, my debut novel, complete at over 73,500 words, will appeal to fans of coming-of-middle-age upmarket fiction like One Last Thing before I go by Jonathan Tropper and The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick.
I have published personal essays in the New York Times.
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