Author Andrew Harkless in the news today because March 10, 2015 marks the date his novel U Got to Have U Some Fun is fully published in eBook, paperback, and hardcover versions. This literary novel is a must read for anyone that enjoys John Irving, Herman Wouk, and/or Winston Groom. Andrew writes Everyman novels, much like The World According to Garp and Forrest Gump.
What’s an Everyman novel? The definition of Everyman is “an ordinary or typical human being: it is Everyman’s dream car.” It originated in the early 20th century as the name of the principal character in a 15th century morality play. Learn more about that here: http://andrewharkless.com/2014/06/11/the-everyman-respectfully-a-coed-noun/
Whether you are one of the 20 million people who cruise each year or someone who rarely even takes a vacation, this vivid work of fiction feels like the real thing. And, I happen to know there are some interesting facts in there about what it’s like to work on a cruise ship and some things that go on behind the scenes would shock the average passenger. After all, the author did research this book by working on a cruise ship for some time before he began writing.
About U Got to Have U Some Fun by Andrew Harkless
John Smith, a recently divorced man and as average as his name implies, arrives home from his job at a rubber band factory to find a ticket for a cruise ship vacation in his mailbox. He assumes the ticket is from his son because Carson made him promise to break free of his boring life and, for once, travel and have some fun and the note included simply said, “It’s Time.” John is puzzled because his beloved, only child was killed six months ago while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. In order to fulfill the promise John made to Carson and though filled with anxiety about leaving his routines and comfort zone, he goes on the cruise.
During seven days of various Caribbean destinations and sea days, John meets a diverse blend of passengers and crew who influence his life in monumental ways. Each new day brings new experiences, new pleasures, a new piece of information about the source of the ticket, and a new challenge to overcome.
As John begins to emerge from his shell—less and less average, more and more adventurous, and destined for a new and richer life—the question still looms: Who bought John’s ticket?
Ordinary and typical John Smith’s life-changing vacation where the average baggage is anything but, challenges you to take stock of your own life. U Got to Have U Some Fun will have you crying, laughing, crying while laughing, angry, rooting, and ultimately saying yes to one question: Would I do anything for my children, even change?
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