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Life after Retirement, Unusual friendship, Juggling duties, Hospital merger, Romantic comedy, Friends’ sexuality, Business over Family
A Most Spectacular Narrative
Duty-bound Bob McIntyre is happily married to Amy, the love of his life. He’s looking forward to bringing his well-established career as a hospital human resources executive to a close while at the top of his game, as Amy enjoys the newfound freedom of her own retirement. This simple plan is thrown into disarray when the responsibility for a highly complex merger of two hospitals—and the potential threat of huge job losses—lands squarely on his shoulders.
In contrast, his brilliant but irreverent radiologist friend, Dr. Charlie Munroe, lives a life of privilege. Jet-setting on spur-of-the moment holidays, Charlie casually shrugs off life’s stresses with a sarcastic quip and the charming grin of someone for whom everything comes easily.
But when Charlie’s seemingly effortless life with his spouse and family starts to crumble around him, just as Bob’s stresses weigh him down, their friendship is put to the ultimate test.
This romantic comedy about two middle-aged friends, facing unexpected challenges in their personal and professional lives, looks at the universal balancing of our commitment to careers, friendships, and family, and discovering where our priorities lie.
Bob and Charlie's quirky, complex friendship is the perfect lens through which to examine life: truly, the most spectacular narrative of all.
Gordon Self is a senior healthcare executive who imaginatively weaves together the tragic absurdities of life, as well as the often-hilarious events that bonds us in shared humanity. His engaging and provocative prose as showcased in two previous novels, The Necessities of Life (2014) and Drowning in Iowa (2015), have taken readers to inner-city back alleys, picturesque rural communities, and now, with his new offering, to luxurious Palm Springs and the hauntingly beautiful barrenness of the California desert.
Gordon hopes that, as an adult coming-of-age story, A Most Spectacular Narrative is accessible to readers who may find themselves “questioning their inner-resolve to see a personal challenge through to completion, and the openness to discover again gifts that may have been dulled by the daily grind of life.”
Gordon and his wife have three adult daughters, and currently lives in Edmonton.
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