Where's Unimportant

Where's Unimportant

by Daniel Shortell
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Where's Unimportant by Daniel Shortell

Jack Addington is stuck. A carefree life wandering the globe has morphed into a monotonous existence working for an oppressive Manhattan-based software company peddling products which destroy the lives of decent people. Jack struggles through soul-sucking affairs with despotic executives and eccentric scientists by mentally projecting himself out of the present and into past adventures. Avoidance, however, is temporary, and it does not take long for his overly medicated mind to lose perspective, causing him to act increasingly irrational in a brutally rational world. Jack attempts to reconnect to reality through the guidance of a colorful group of 'advisers', but, a bleak situation continues to spin out of control despite his best efforts. Ultimately for Jack, a slice of contentment is found only when luck stands amid the rubble of his failed attempts at perseverance. Sharply satirical, funny and painfully honest, Where's Unimportant is a snapshot of one man's failed attempt at the American Dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461064978
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2011
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Daniel Shortell is a thirty-something currently holed-up in a fourth-floor walk-up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. At university, he earned degrees in ridiculous, boring shit like finance and information systems. His real education came from wandering around the world. When not writing, he enjoys putting the ping-pong beat-down on his Asian friends at the rec center. Yeah, you know who you are.

Check out Daniel's other work at www.danielshortell.com, or drop him a line at inquiries@danielshortell.com.

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Where's Unimportant 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
it dawned on me that this is similar to a modern day Babbit (Sinclair Lewis) where the middleman's life on the outside seems perfect, but as your learn the workings of the inner character, far from it. I like deep, yet entertaining books. This fit the bill. It goes back and forth between being in the present and past world travels. Since I've traveled myself, I connected with that right away. Looking forward to more from this author.
JamesWalaceBirch More than 1 year ago
Where's Unimportant is a dark and disturbing ride that plunges the reader into the depths of a psyche addled by the drugery of everyday American life. I enjoyed Where's Unimportant. It is a thought provoking book, and being in the same age range and having a similar upbringing to Jack, the main character, I felt like I was reading about a friend. Where's Unimportant is painfully honest and it forces the reader to reflect on their own life and to wonder about what's important. If you're looking for a book that really makes you think or one that pulls back the veneer of the world today, Where's Unimportant is the perfect read. If, however, you're looking for action-packed then Where's Unimportant might not be for you. The pacing is a little slow toward the middle. This didn't bother me, as I saw this book operating on a different level, but it may some. This thought-provoking book empowers the reader to step back and reflect on their own decisions, the direction of their life, and what it all means, while watching Jack fall apart. It is a rather disturbing read but one well worth it! Warning: I wouldn't read it right before bed. I read one convo Jack has with a woman on a train during his travels right before sleep and it gave me a nightmare!