Jim Bass is a 22-year-old failed college student, who sees the world through the tragedy of his sister’s death. It’s a perspective that sets him on a journey that starts at misunderstanding and whose path is self-delusion, but whose destination might just be redemption.
There’s a Somebody begins as Jim, having dropped out of school days before graduation, abandons the woman he admits he loves more than anything else, and the daughter he has yet to meet. A loner by nature, Jim builds a successful business in an attempt to fill the void in his life and to have, as he puts it, “ something people can point to, a number, something no one can deny.” But while he’s good at racking up miles and socking away dollars, one misstep leads to another in his personal life until he’s in danger of losing everyone he cares about.
In an age when “growing up” is something to be avoided, Jim Bass bucks the trend. He wants the wife, the child, the stability. But as he discovers, when you don’t get what you want, it’s still possible to weave together a pretty good life.
|Publisher:||Rare Bird Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Stephen W. Long grew up in Southern California where much of There’s a Somebody is set. He’s been a big-rig driver, an inventor, and an entrepreneur. His poems and short stories have appeared in a number of literary chapbooks. There’s a Somebody is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In his debut novel, THERE'S A SOMEBODY, Stephen Long delivered to this reader a thoroughly enjoyable ride about the choices made or, more notably, not made by his protagonist, Jim Bass. Emotionally paralyzed by a tragic event in his youth, Jim makes a decision in the first few pages that will shock many. How he deals with the aftermath of his choice and the people that befriend him on his journey of self-discovery turn this novel into a "can't put down page-turner". Mr. Long has drawn characters that are richly complex yet, in the end, are, simply, quite human. I recommend this book most highly and can't wait to see what Mr. Long has in store for us next.