by Mark Slomiany (9781432723996)

Mark Slomiany
Release Date: 09 June 2009
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 354
Category: Literary
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781432723996
ISBN-10: 1432723995

The gritty idealism of a generation as drawn against an uncertain era of credit-laden materialism and fear.
Set in the emotional aftermath of his rambling western bus epic, WEST OF 16W, the author explores the growing discontent of a generation coming to terms with the tail end of an era of optimism and economic boom. Raised in the immigrant culture of Northern New Jersey, Mark's need to fulfill familial expectations led to a youth of hard study culminating in a Ph.D. by his mid-20's. Yet underneath this disciplined scientist facade, Mark had always dreamed of a life in the style of Kerouac or Wolfe. Having just returned from the West to the hard-earned affection of the woman he loves, Mark struggles to retain both his deep-seated ambitions to become a novelist and his idealist passion for science, even as heartbreak, financial hardship, and the failing confidence of his artist friends threaten to unhinge his most deep-seated beliefs about relationships, careers, and the pursuit of dreams. A telling story of a country caught up in the aimless credit-laden materialism of a real estate bubble, EASTBOUND follows the romance and travails of a man in his late 20's, as he and his friends chase their unconventional aspirations in an era dominated by apathy, materialism, and self-interest. A juxtaposition of gritty idealism and romance, as drawn against the contrasting backdrops of New York and Charleston, EASTBOUND confronts the difficult decisions of late 20-somethings as they struggle with the consequences of ambition as they edge toward an uncertain future while striving for more than the suburban bliss of their upbringing.

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