Meet Marcus O, a man who’s feeling older but not much wiser as he sets jaded eyes on that last vigorous stretch before the dreaded sunset years. With the approach of the terminal semester of a long-winded career, he’s wondering “What next?” and closing down leftover business. First, there’s Judaea, a workplace nemesis inspiring Marcus’ visions of reprisal. And there’s L’Oréal Zhang, a style-conscious student and frequent visitor to Marcus’ university office whose shallow interests seem calculated to aggravate him alone. The co-owner of a geriatric apartment building (with brother Benjamin, another thorn in his side), Marcus occupies his nights at home with snacks and screens. There, he scours the Web for romance advice while hatching answers to profile questions generated by Venerati, a dating site for seniors he’s recently joined. Set in the metropolitan west coast in a near future where everything is pretty much the same (or maybe a notch worse), Oldness; or, the Last-Ditch Efforts of Marcus O dazzles with a satiric portrait of a vexed man in a complicated time and place whose reality could be just over the horizon.
Oldness; or, the Last-Ditch Efforts of Marcus O will be available in bookstores and online October 15, 2018.
A lecturer of English literature residing in Vancouver, Brett Josef Grubisic is the author of the novels The Age of Cities, This Location of Unknown Possibilities, and From Up River and for One Night Only. Previous publications include Understanding Beryl Bainbridge, Contra/diction, Carnal Nation (co-edited with Carellin Brooks), American Hunks (co-authored with David L. Chapman), National Plots (co-edited with Andrea Cabajsky), and Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase (co-edited with Giséle M. Baxter and Tara Lee).