The Writers Afterlife is the story of Tom Chillo, a 44-year-old writer on the verge of fame, who suddenly dies of a stroke and finds himself transported to a place where all writers are sent after they die. After mingling with “The Eternals” including Shakespeare, Wilde, Keats, and Tolstoy he discovers that his true peers in this new world are all haunted by the same regret: they never achieved the fame they felt they deserved during their lifetime. There’s still a chance, though. Every writer has the opportunity to return to earth for exactly one week and convince someone to set the wheels in motion to give their life’s work widespread notoriety. The trick is to come up with the perfect plan the first time. Failure is not an option. The Writers Afterlife is brimming with warm humor, New York street sensibility, and an underlying commentary about the drive for fame in contemporary culture. With a deft hand, Vetere explores the deceptions that people employ to achieve at all costs. A string of eccentric New York characters fly off the page and make for a striking, memorable book that is a delight to read.
|Publisher:||Three Rooms Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Richard Vetere is a playwright, novelist, poet, screenwriter, TV writer, and actor. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and teaches a master screenwriting class at NYU and Queens College. He lives in New York City.
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I must preface my review that my interest in media relating to heaven and the afterlife is independent of the fact that I would prefer to live to be at least between 85-110 years old this lifetime and I’m blessed/grateful for my great physical health. At this point in my life, I must avoid explaining why my interest in heaven/afterlife related media (across multiple belief systems) is increasing by the day because I intuitively/logically sense that my reasons may unintentionally get misunderstood at my current level of communication skills. However, I admit that my curiosity into what makes a strong afterlife themed fiction book is what indirectly influenced me to take a chance on The Writer’s Afterlife by Richard Vetere. The Writer’s Afterlife is one of those books that compare to watching a phenomenal supernatural themed film for some of the following reasons; Pg. 128- The main character of Tom Chillo;s spirit is incarnated into the body of handsome and charismatic Max Foreman. There is a scene where he manages to contact a highly regarded/popular book critic/reviewer to take a look at and review his work. More happens, yet one must look inside the book to truly understand why this is one of the events pivotal to the story. Pages 182 and 183 as well as pages 186 and 187- These pages question ideas such as how some authors may get published when their work would otherwise have to go through self-publishing and/or other channels (i.e. plays with the controversial idea on how many and/or how often some authors had to pursue romantic affairs and/or special friendships with people connected in some way to the publishing industry). These pages also touch on the notion that sometimes your rival in life can sometimes eventually be your biggest advocate/ally. Pages 196-197-The main character of the story implies why falling in love has been tricky business for him. It also plays on the idea that people are often different than the way they appear on the physical surface (i.e. physical appearance, mannerisms), basically the implication to avoid judging a book by its cover. Pages 199-203- Plays with the idea that in order to become famous and/or have a life of recognition and/or financial accomplishment a person has to deal with if they are willing to risk and/or accept being a little fish in a big sea (i.e. moving to and/or living in popular U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, the Washington D.C. area etc.) or choose to live in the U.S. cites that may not be as popular but with the potential to be a big fish in a small pond.