Travels and Travails of Small Minds by Daniel Falatko was published on October 1!
FROM THE BACK COVER
Nathan is not ambitious, and he is perfectly happy doing nothing at the dusty and cluttered properties office of his boss, Dr. Behr, a quirky ex-literature professor pushing 80. But things are about to get tossed in the air as Nathan uncovers a mysterious plan of Behr’s to oust one of his renters for what appears to be a substantial but ill-gotten profit. Behr recruits his slacker employee to help in the plot, but as Nathan questions motives and discovers secrets, it is clear that Nathan might be in for surprises of his own.
Bizarre characters worthy of a Seinfeld episode on acid populate this “Literally Laugh Out Loud” tale of Nathan’s journey in misadventure and intrigue that holds the potential to change his life forever, so who does Nathan trust in this Travels and Travails of Small Minds?
Daniel has also received some great reviews of his humorous novel from several counter-culture websites including:
“The plot takes a little time to kick in, with Nathan spending a few a pages meandering around New York. Once it does, it becomes a fun, hard-to-put-down read. Falatko keeps the mystery of Dr. Behr’s shady property deal interesting, even in spite of how silly it gets. I mean, the climax has Nathan running from an old, naked Oxford professor with the help of a couple of north English drunks. Goofy, yes, but goofy in a way that’s highly entertaining to read.” Ben Arzate of Cultured Vultures.
“AT FIRST I thought that Daniel Falatko’s Travels and Travails of Small Minds would be just another tale of eccentric places and vagabond lifestyle, of living on the edge of poverty and starvation while the protagonist embarks upon some soul-searching adventure in the manner of beats like Jack Kerouac. It manages to be this, but much more, and in a delightful, not pretentious way.” James Prenatt of The Coil, Literature to change your Lightbulb.
“This is a funny book, but not a comedy. It’s absurd in the best sense. It’s a wild ride, with a very human — and relatable center. Relatable might not be the best word, because I can’t imagine that any reader will have an experience like it. But even at the strangest moments, you’ll find yourself nodding with Nathan’s actions and reactions, saying to yourself, “yeah, I can see why he’d do that.” Even the conclusion that the plot careens to — for most of the book you’d say that wouldn’t work at all, but by the time it happens, it seems pretty perfect.” H.C. Newton, of The Irresponsible Reader, I Read (a lot) and then Rant, Rave and maybe Review.
Daniel and his book were featured in Hypertext Magazine and the link is HERE.
Daniel was guest blogger on Lovely Bookshelf, An eclectic book blog: Reading a Little of Everything. His blog was challenged to include references to popular songs and Daniel met the challenge with verve and vigor. The link to the Lovely Bookshelf Blog is HERE.
An excerpt from the novel was provided, along with a nice description, by LitSTACK, For the Love of All Things Wordy. The link to the article is HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel Falatko is originally from Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Kutztown University and went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. His critically acclaimed first novel, Condominium, was published in 2015. He lives and works in New York City.
The publication of Travels and Travails Of Small Minds marks the completion of a daydream sparked in 2007 involving New York City real estate scams, age-challenged literature professors, dead beatniks, fictitious English villages named after wolves, and post-apocalyptic Moscow slums. Threading these disparate pieces together was a laborious undertaking, and the author hopes you enjoy these final results.