Good for Nothing

Good for Nothing

“This book could be the lovechild of Bill Bryson and Martin Amis...But at its heart is a very serious point. It is about the tsunami of destruction that has hit Middle America since the financial crisis” (Daily Mail)

Flip Mellis believes his recent past would be best described as: a man with his feet planted on terra firma. As a husband and father, he was a consistent breadwinner. As a business professional, he was a go-getter. For twenty years, he did all that was expected of him, if not much more.

But a job loss in his middle years, in the midst of a national economic crisis, has knocked Flip squarely on his big, soft ass, where he has been wallowing for nearly a year.

Over the course of one hectic week, replete with a cast of colorful characters, Flip is forced by circumstances of his own invention to finally get his life headed in the right direction. Like a pudgy, irritable toddler, he carefully tests his balance and lurches forward, stumbling around absurd obstacles and grasping for any solid purchase. Ultimately a spark of human resilience locked deep within his core begins to spread. The question becomes: will Flip's best efforts be enough to lead him safely to redemption or will they merely lead to a futile, purely graceless, and quixotic crash?
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781507201626 | 
  • January 2017
List Price $30.99 (price may vary by retailer)

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