Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle
by Kevin St. Jarre
Tom Tibbets takes a job at a small weekly newspaper in Portage, New Hampshire, and an apartment in the old Cooper Building where the residents form a kaleidoscope of the odd, interesting, and insane.
One believes in aliens, another is a pothead philosopher, while still others play with illegal explosives for fun. A vegan pacifist lives there, along with nomadic born-again Christians, a schizophrenic unicycle rider, and a mysterious wise man.
At first, Tom feels like the only “normal” person in the building. However, he soon believes that the very people he at first considered unstable and strange have become a lens through which he gets a new look at himself and everything else.
But when something happens that leaves the tenant community changed and off-balance, Tom comes to wonder if his karmic weight, added to the Cooper building, has thrown off the bizarre status-quo energetic equilibrium of the place. In the end, Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle is the story of growth from delusion to examination to awareness of what is truly important in life.
5 out of 5
Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle isn’t what you’d expect – it’s better. Can I just say I’d love to spend time in Tom’s building getting to know the residents. Life is full of different perspectives, and while Tom came to town for a job, I think he ended up finding much more. With a diverse cast, this book is a wonderful, humorous, slice-of-life that will make you appreciate all the people that make up your life. (And maybe you’ll find you have your own quirky cast mates!)
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About the Author
Kevin St. Jarre earned his MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Popular Fiction, from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. He has studied at the Norman Mailer Writers Center on Cape Cod with Sigrid Nunez and David Black.He has worked as a teacher, a professor, a newspaper reporter, an international corporate consultant, and led a combat intelligence team in the first Gulf War. He penned a series of original action thrillers for Berkley Books, his short fiction has appeared in journals such as Story and Solstice Literary Magazine, and he is a member of International Thriller Writers. He lives on the coast of Maine.