Ends of the World by Matthew Waterman
The author is reading this novel as it is being written, beginning his journey on a desolate street after striking a little boy with his car. There are no witnesses. There is no reason to fear recrimination from a higher power. Yet the author is conscience-compelled to divine the boy's state. Set against an incongruous backdrop of mythic canon and the grime of the city, the novel follows the author's desperate plight even as his flights of fancy undermine the authenticity of the narration. With his loved ones imperiled and his sanity losing its grip, can the author receive some sort of epiphany before the dark conspiracy brings about an end to his world?
Ends of the World is a uniquely structured novel that positions the author as the main character of the work. As the tale unfolds, neither the author nor his character knows where they will travel next. It is not an autobiography or a memoir but, instead, represents a different path to self-creation.
The novel begins in the aftermath of a harrowing nighttime encounter with a young child. The author is positive he struck the boy with his car and, though suffering from hazy, panic-fueled memories, he is conscience-compelled to divine the boy's state. Concurrently, the author is also attempting to complete a novel in the midst of such turmoil. The stone cold reality of the author’s mission is juxtaposed with his fanciful creations. And the resultant tapestry of narration challenges the author and reader alike.
As the author’s grip on his sanity wanes, the mystery surrounding the little boy deepens. His loved ones’ concerns cast doubt on the veracity of the author’s perceptions even as menacing forces envelop them. Can the author receive some sort of epiphany before the dark conspiracy brings about an end to his world?
The Ends of the World is a journey for the reader and the author. Notions of disappointment, fulfillment, and self-discovery are explored and the resultant experience may be different for all.
About The Author...
Matthew Waterman began writing stories for strangers to read at 11 years old. It was all very innocent back then. He grew up in Whitesboro, NY and, almost twenty years ago, he moved to Astoria, Queens. No longer innocent, exactly, he's nonetheless still yearning for the day when he can stop discovering all the important things he doesn't yet know.
Matthew earned both his BA and MA in English and then spent the last decade and a half working in finance. Because that's how life goes. He published, "Ends of the World," a novel that takes him on a journey along with the reader and he is fast at work on the next novel.
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