Jupiter and Gilgamesh,
A Novel of Sumeria and Texas
Jupiter is in deep trouble. He’s also crazy and lives high atop a grain elevator. His biggest problem is a traumatized teenage girl camped in the bottom of his elevator and hiding from a meth-head mother – should he help? And won’t the village think he’s a sexual predator? Problem two is his twenties-something lover Kate, insatiable and sybaritic, running the relationship. While he tries to unsnarl his tortuous feelings for this dynamic woman, he fights eviction from his home. If that’s not enough, Jupiter is befriended by a laptop that claims to be Gilgamesh – the first hero of literature.
As a sixty-year-old ad exec, Jupiter knows people are his living, but he can’t tolerate more than two persons at a time. This neurosis may be driven by the torment of having killed a child years ago or his ruined marriage – or maybe by the fact his best friend is a dead Sumerian king. Fortunately Jupiter has a few things going for him – his sense of humor and his advertising skill pull him through a web of his own making – traits that get his nemesis re-elected as mayor, save his company from embezzlement, find Kate a high powered job, civilize a wild, abused teenager.
As well as his sanity, Jupiter stands to lose his home as his stability crumbles and his blunders mount up. Meanwhile he collects conflict like small change. Gilgamesh may save him yet, with his violent and bloody advice, but it’s going to be a close run thing.
Jupiter and Gilgamesh targets readers who appreciate John Gardner, Larry McMurtry and Roddy Doyle. Set outside Amarillo, Texas, its lyric evocation of the land and weather is vivid.
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