AN ENDEARING STORY OF WHAT IF, where romantic fantasy and the reality of marriage collide.
THE SURVIVAL OF MARVIN BAINES is a light-dark novel about one man's irreverent yet heartfelt quest to cope with the dysfunctional midlife crisis that has suddenly enveloped him.
Marvin Baines seemingly has it all: a loving family and a great job. He is about to turn forty, and just like that, the realization hits him--his own mortality is straight up the road. That's not his only problem. Suddenly he is unable to distinguish fantasy from reality, and his often-quirky decision-making causes his whole life to begin to unravel. All he wants is an escape from his humdrum life. What he gets is something quite unexpected.
"Mixed in with all the humor and wit is a real life lesson that all of us need to learn."
- Karen Luellen
"Like I said, this book will stick with you like a healthy meal leaving you feeling pleased with yourself for eating, savoring, and thinking,... yeah, it was a good one."
- Nick Russell
"An excellent book by an excellent writer."
- Chris Algernon
"A book like this could easily become maudlin and dull, but Meyer keeps it moving along at a great pace. The humour is well-judged and never forced, and overall The Survival of Marvin Baines is a highly recommended tale of mid-life dysfunction."
- Tom W.
"This is, really, a humorous novel....It's humorous because it's so personal. This can happen to any of us, as we struggle toward job, family, or just to live in a chaotic society.
Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)
Meet the Author
I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St. Croix. I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.
I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town's lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town's pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing was born.
As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats.
Also by Michael Meyer:
DEADLY EYES, a Caribbean mystery
THE FAMOUS UNION, a rollicking romp through the halls of academia
COVERT DREAMS, an international suspense thriller
THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE, an uplifting true story of love