November 16 2013

Parker, Morgan: non Friction

non Friction

non Friction

Morgan Parker’s first novel, Non Friction, tells the story of a man whose wife just walked out on him. Faced with an empty house and emotional turmoil, he turns to writing a novella, which introduces him to the fast and furious lifestyle of indie literature stardom… and Emma, a woman who comes on a little strong but turns out to be the one sliver of sunshine in his otherwise dark and devastating life.

Now that he has enjoyed a bit success and attention, his wife (Jennifer) comes back and suddenly decides that they should pursue marriage counseling. Eager to win her back, the main character agrees to anything and the counselor asks them to create something beautiful for each other. Our main character decides on Our Story, a love story that will not only win his wife back, but can also double as his next novel.

Over the course of writing Our Story, the main character realizes that winning Jennifer back might not be the smartest thing for his heart. In fact, he starts to appreciate the true meaning of the word love, which he finds in Emma.

 

Blurb:

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rockstar, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it. 

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist. It starts with… well… }i{ .

Review:

Morgan Parker has a sensational wit and uses it to his advantage in writing the story within a story that is non Friction.

It has taken me several days of not thinking about non Friction to be able to sit and actually write a review. I had to decide how I truly felt about this novel. Several days later I am now looking at the book through a different set of eyes, and looking on it much more favorably.

This poor man, Morgan, loses everything in his life in one fell swoop. His wife, whom I think he thinks he loves, his daughter, his dignity . . . then he has a hit on the indie author circuit with a quickly thought up book of texting. With this notoriety, and potential for fame and fortune, comes his wife, suddenly desiring marital counseling.

Both Jennifer (Princess B*tch) and Morgan begin counseling from a place of hurt, anger and bitterness, not from love. Through their counseling sessions, and homework each week, they begin to unravel the cloth of what exactly went wrong in their marriage and what role each of them played in its demise.

There is a tone of autobiographical writing in non Friction, though I’ve been assured that this author is nothing like his character. The entire cast of characters is entirely, well mostly, believable. They behave in a manner I see consistent with today’s society, from the self-absorbed running from man to man by Princess, to the seeking of self-affirmation by Morgan.

The language is a little tough at times, but again, it represents the situation the author in the book finds himself. Mr. Parker does warn his readers of the adult content, and actually counted the number of f-bombs his characters dropped.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will be looking for some extra time over the upcoming holidays to enjoy Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters 2, also by Morgan Parker.  This book garners four stars and a hope for further writing by Mr. Parker.

Author Bio:

Morgan Parker is the pen name of a shy and introverted banker. He currently calls Toronto, Canada his home where he lives with his wife of 10 years and two children, a 9-year old son and a 4-year old daughter (who provided the foundation for Evelyn in non friction).

When he’s not writing, Morgan enjoys double-espresso cappuccinos (non-fat of course) at his favourite coffee shop, hiking and travelling.  He also enjoys sleeping, a lot.

Advanced Praise For non Friction

  • “Hilariously tragic.” Leslie Fear, author and co-founder of The Indie Bookshelf
  • “4.5 Stars . . . Way better than Textual Encounters.” Nikki Hardie, Blissful Book Blog

non Friction Media

 

Excerpt:

The silence between us seemed to last an eternity. As we stared at each other, her fingers reached toward mine and traced long lines on my hand. We didn’t hug, didn’t really say anything else until it was goodbye. No happily ever after, not today.

“I wasn’t wrong about us,” she said, her voice hard and determined. But because there were words attached to that voice of hers, I didn’t place a whole lot of trust in them. “Morgan, I love you. No matter what happens, whether you hate me and never speak with me or see me again, I will always love you and the time we shared. And because of this love, I will always be waiting for you, just like Olivia waits until the end of time for Oliver. I’ll be there, always waiting, always for you.” She smiled at that point, and the sadness and doubt from earlier was gone.

“Goodbye, Emma.”

“Bye, Morgan.”

 

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