The Odd Plight of Adonis Licht

by David Perlstein



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/20/2017

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781532017438
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781532017162

About the Book

The Odd Plight of Adonis Licht Perception and reality collide in a dark, witty fable combining a reversal of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis with overtones of Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There. Adonis Licht, a nondescript museum art curator, is a loner whose closest friend is a mute bag lady shrouded in black. After sleeping four straight days, Adonis awakens to find himself handsome and athletic beyond his wildest dreams. Adonis’s career takes off. Beautiful women come on to him. He becomes a media figure. Yet he finds it difficult to reconcile his striking looks and celebrity with his former self—the quiet, awkward scholar whose painful past haunts him. A sixteenth-century masterpiece and relationships with a coworker, his ravishing manager, and a journalist carry Adonis on an emotional roller coaster. Despite a catastrophe at the museum, his star continues to rise. When tragedy strikes, Adonis discovers that fantasy has a dark side.

About the Author

David Perlstein authored the novels Flight of the Spumonis, The Boy Walker, San Café and Slick! (Kirkus Reviews’ selection, Top 25 Indie Books of 2012). His short stories have appeared in REED Magazine, PacificReview, Summerset Review and Oyez Review. He also wrote the non-fiction books God’s Others: Non-Israelites’ Encounters with God in the Hebrew Bible and Solo Success: 100 Tips for Becoming a $100,000-a-Year Freelancer. David lives in San Francisco.