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The Secret Life of Walter Mott Paperback – July 4, 2010
About the Author
Kal Wagenheim (born in Newark, N.J.) is a journalist (formerly with The New York Times and currently editor of Caribbean UPDATE monthly newsletter), author and translator of eight books, and ten plays and screenplays. His biography of Babe Ruth was a Playboy Book Club selection and was adapted for an NBC-TV film. His biography of Roberto Clemente, published years ago, will be reissued in 2010 in an updated edition. His plays, “Bavarian Rage,” “We Beat Whitey Ford”, “Wegotdates.com” and “Coffee With God” have been produced off-off-Broadway. “Coffee With God” has been published by the Dramatic Publishing Co. and is being produced at festivals and schools nationwide. His poetry and fiction have been published in the online literary magazine www.jerseyworks.com. His nonfiction articles have been published in The Nation, and The New Republic. He has also taught creative writing at Columbia University and The State Prison in Trenton NJ. Member: PEN American Center and The Dramatists Guild of America. Film producers may access his screenplays on the website www.inktip.com. Further details on website: www.kalwagenheim.
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To quote an old saying from a TV show... "Did I Do That?" In the past 10 years Walter Mott has lived secretly in his office, had an ongoing friendship with a woman named Stormy, who actually started this 6 legged infestation allowing him to infest hundreds of his coworkers, infested the money he has saved by not having to pay rent and utilities and ended up acquiring himself a small fortune. Oh yeah, he has also met a young lady named Scarlett, named after the character in Gone With the Wind.
The Secret Life of Walter Mott is set in the fifties, while Eisenhower is president and Castro is still just a young Cuban rebel leader. Drive-ins are a thing of the day, or should I say night, and the biggest fantasy in life is to work hard so that one day you can retire. But Walter Mott has decided to speed this process up and retire at 40. To take his fortune and see the world. To never have to work another day for the "man" but enjoy life while he's still young. But as with all plans, there are pitfalls. Walter's biggest will come when he meets Scarlett.
While reading The Secret Life of Walter Mott I found myself laughing so hard at times that I actually had tears in my eyes. Kal Wagenheim has written a very imaginative, humorous book that I simply loved.
"Kal Wagenheim takes us on a hilarious, poignant, trip back to the Fifties, when conformity was the internalized order of the day. Walter Mott is a memorable character, a rebel in his own way, a Walter Mitty as schemer as well as dreamer. This is a wonderfully entertaining comic novel that often zings at the strings of the reader's heart"--Robert Friedman, author of Shadow of the Fathers, and other novels.
"An imaginative blend of MAD MEN's angst, Cheever's white collar dissatisfaction, and Thurberesque whimsy"--Bill Mesce, Jr, award winning author of several historical crime novels, including "The Advocate, "The Defender" and "Four Day Shoot"
Wagenheim had done a masterful job of capturing the details of Newark, New Jersey and those times when post World War America was setting the stage for economic expansion and unrivaled possibilities. Perhaps more masterful is the author's encapsulation of that cultural and economic potential in his eponymous character's life.
With humor and sensitivity Wagenheim introduces us to a cast of characters straight from the cubicles of business. Sadly, they all lack the desire, the motivation, the oomph to be more - all that is except for Walter Mott. Creative, rebellious, sexual, and very human: Mott is the grain of sand that ultimately doesn't fit in. Yet, his adventures and misadventures always end up with him fitting in just fine.
This is a book that you want to read for a laugh and maybe for a groan of recognition. (Kenneth Weene - author of Memoirs From the Asylum and Widow's Walk)
Could not put the book down until I was done following Walter Mott in his bizarre world.
Order The Secret Life of Walter Mott and bring some hearty laughter into your life!
Salvatore Buttaci, author of Flashing My Shorts