Michael Kasenow on “View from the Edge”

1. What is the name of the book and when was it published?

“View From The Edge”  published in 2012

 2. What’s the book’s first line?

“Christ—Christ, oh Christ.” He stared at the winged shadows on the dark ceiling.

3. What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

“I’ve been there with my books and bones. And what has it given me? A bad marriage and a visit to the nut house.” So says Joshua Feenics, a University Professor recovering from a psychotic breakdown. He returns to work only to face a dull life without meaning or purpose. His wife is having an affair, and he cannot erase the nightmares about his brutalized childhood. To make matters worse, his students are embroiled in a cult, while the University sinks into a national scandal. Someone wants to kill Joshua; the thriller unravels to find out who and why?

4. What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

I suffered through a serious illness and healed much like the main character.

5. What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

The main character, Joshua Feenics, has the ability to look through the illusions of absurd habits and then do the right thing.

The main character, with his faults and insights, and humorous cynicism, is similar to Jack Burden, the narrator and main character in ‘All The King’s Men’.

6. What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

The story follows the resurrection of a man slowly escaping from the cultural traps of materialism and control as he removes layers of abusive-childhood history to appreciate what is important. A psychological affirmation men and women struggling to find purpose in western society can empathize with.

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