The Impostors: The Strange Odyssey of a Modern American Marriage

The Impostors: The Strange Odyssey of a Modern American Marriage

by Thomas William Simpson

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Overview

The Impostors

Marriage. Quite an institution. A life sentence of hard labor for some. A joyous, fulfilling walk in St. James Park in June for others.
For most of us, holy matrimony lies somewhere in between. Like life itself-an endless rollercoaster ride ridden blindfolded with no end but death or divorce in sight.
Say "I do" and you're in wedlock. Wed-lock. Like a head-lock on the emotions.
The conjugal bond. It is, without question, God's greatest practical joke on big-brained mammals.
The Impostors takes an... unusual look at white, middle class, American marriage. Like an ultra-skinny swimsuit model, it is a look both complex and sensual. Complex because Park and Vera are so much like us that we have no choice but to think they are nothing like us at all. And sensual because on the surface Park and Vera are so appealing and erotic, but just below the surface lurks frailty, anxiety, and fear.
Park is a big game hunter in Botswana. Africa. But when not hunting he lives in a center hall colonial in a posh Boston suburb with Vera and their three children. When it's time to go to work he flies off to The Dark Continent and helps well-heeled fat-cats slaughter large starry-eyed mammals.
While back home Vera is slowly falling apart. Already amped up with a whole host of bi-polar issues, Vera has begun to see her life as a miserable failure and longs to do something vital, something magical, something to make people-especially Park-sit up and take notice.
So what does Vera do? She invites her southern belle mama up for a visit, and then, in the middle of the night, she skedaddles. Off to another part of darkest Africa she goes, intent on making her way to an orphanage run by an American lady recently portrayed as a saint on the cover of Time.
Park gets word of his beautiful, entirely crazy wife's disappearance and sets off on a journey across the Heart of Darkness to find her.
Love. Lust. Marriage. Money. Murder. Guns. Violence. Child rearing. Public education. Fathers. Mothers. Ebola. Boko Haram. Sleazy real estate developers. Race relations. Grass. Booze. Rock n roll. The Meaning of Life.
The Impostors.
It has depth, humor, pathos, love won, love lost, maybe hopefully love for all of eternity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781983774775
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

The Impostors grew out of a dare. Into a party one winter night several years ago walked an old bud wearing an African safari hat with one side pinned up and the silly thing tilted at a rakish angle. I immediately began to make fun of him. After several drinks I had invented an entire persona around that hat. My buddy was no longer middle class real estate agent Pete Engelmann but big game hunter Park Johannsen. Park played a normal middle class father by day but flew off to darkest Africa to murder elephants and lions by night.
By the end of the party Pete/Park and several other drunken sailors dared me to write a novel with Park as protagonist.
The Impostors is the result.
It is the finest novel I have written yet. It is clean and amusing and scary as hell and direct and dead honest. Read it and you'll be richer for it.
Bill Simpson/Far Hills NJ/Valentine's Day 2018

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