Do you like to read?
Are you Maronite? Do you trace your ancestry to Lebanon?
Do you read Kindle or other e-book formats?
Can I pay you to read my book, The Avenue?
Part of writing any book is having readers provide comments along the way, and this story has been workshopped several times over. What I’m hoping for is a little different: I’m looking for the cultural lens. One important piece of the story is a man and his brother and their family, who are Maronite immigrants from Lebanon. I’ve known immigrants from Lebanon in the past and I did a good deal of research online, but none of this changes the fact that I’m NOT a Maronite immigrants from Lebanon.
Are you Maronite? Do you trace your ancestry to Lebanon? Are you willing to help me not screw this up?
These characters represent no one but themselves, and I’m certainly not asking you to represent a community either. However, it is really easy to write something stupid, where anyone would first-hand knowledge would say, “That guy would never say that,” or “That guy is on the wrong side of the civil war, dummy.”
Bottom line: can you help me?
I’ll pay two people $50 to
--Read the book
--Talk with me for 15 minutes at the end, in person or on the phone.
One hitch—I would need to send you the manuscript for e-readers, such as Kindle. Part of that is for logistics, partly for expense.
In seedy red-light district in 1979, Bobby, an usher at a run-down theater, is lost—a year out of high school with only a crummy job, no friends, and just a glimmer of dreams. Wendy, an eighteen-year-old runaway, arrives bursting with optimism for a new life in the big city but soon finds herself squatting on a block of marginal businesses, bars, and porno stores. Jad, an immigrant steakhouse owner, surveys the avenue from his restaurant window, proud of his accomplishments but lonely for someone to share them with. Together, they make up but three stories of the forgotten people walking the streets of The Avenue.
The Avenue is an 76,000 word unpublished novel. Contact me for more information.
READ MORE about the very real location that serves as the setting for The Avenue
In 1978 (one year before The Avenue takes place) WCCO TV made a 1/2 hour special about the block. TAKE A LOOK