Ring On Deli

Ring On Deli

by Eric Giroux

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Overview

A novel about supermarkets and democracy.

Brothers Ray and Patrick Markham live in Pennacook, Massachusetts, a despairing former mill town plagued by feral boars. It's the type of place where streets are named for scoundrel governors and lesser Monopoly properties, where even Dr. Chong, the high-school principal, can't bear to mingle with the locals in her free time.

Ray serves as Patrick's legal guardian. He spends his days on the Bounty Bag deli line, making a mean meatball sandwich, critiquing Muscles Carbonara's obscenely suggestive deal flyers, and studiously ducking any thought of his future. But Ray's tick-like comfort in the static here and now is wildly disrupted when Patrick runs away and a greedy board of directors fires Angie Martini, Bounty Bag's great-hearted CEO, turning Bounty Bag upside down with worker protests.

Dr. Chong has troubles of her own. She's on a longshot campaign for a tax-cap override to fund a less-carcinogenic building for Andrew Johnson Memorial High School. But as Election Day nears, the meltdown at Bounty Bag threatens to gut her already shoestring tax base.

Patrick, meanwhile, has fallen into a scam targeting Ray's own deli. Things look bleak-until he lucks into the classroom of the dying Mr. Grant, whose demanding history class gets him thinking more deeply, about Pennacook, Bounty Bag, and his own past and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734224023
Publisher: New Salem Books
Publication date: 07/17/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 693 KB

About the Author

Eric Giroux grew up in Billerica, Massachusetts, where he sacked groceries for Market Basket and ate large quantities of American Chinese food in his hometown's unaccountably numerous tiki-themed restaurants. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, extracting academic credit from both institutions for fiction-writing workshops. Along the way, he worked the deli counter at a Tedeschi's convenience store. Like deli-clerk Ray Markham in Ring On Deli, he makes sandwiches both swiftly and neatly. Eric's fiction writing has received support from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and he has contributed to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College. His publications in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly have included a range of oddball topics, from Epictetus to Abraham Lincoln. He has also published travel guides for Let's Go and the legendary Cognoscenti Map Guides. RING ON DELI is his first novel. Eric is a senior counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He lives with his family outside of Boston, not far from Pennacook.

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