Great American Plain
by Gary Sernowitz
Category: Fiction / General
228 pages; ISBN: 0805067779
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
He studied everything he could find from the wisdom of long forgotten sales mogul Alfred Orditz in an attempt to make a living. However, twenty-four years old Ed Steinke fails to sell any Bracket 180-X piano organs at the State Fair in spite of his efforts to learn. Barry, his assistant and younger brother hates the gig and wonders how he stepped away from his music group The Hotels to land in this great void. He no longer expects an answer to his inquiry of “And Then?” because like Ed, he sees no future.
However, the gloom and doom of the present vanishes when store clerk Leila Genet wanders the floor of the Great Exhibition Hall. Leila is extremely shy and avoids anyone saying more than hello to her. Still Ed and Barry fall for her in different but big ways. Yet all three have entrenched demons devouring their individual souls so that any relationship seems slim and a triangle impossible.
GREAT AMERICAN PLAIN is an intriguing look at one day in the lives of three apparent losers whose inabilities to communicate costs them happiness and contentment. Overall the story line moves forward at a reasonable pace, but occasionally slows down for the audience to better understand the key players (through flashbacks and parallel interactions). Gary Sernovitz encourages the reader to ponder the fumbling of micro-miscommunication in the simplest social settings as opposed to the world stage in this well written thinking person’s novel.
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