BY Jon Methven
Danders Wake is raising money to build a new planet. After all the current world is evolving him out—out of his home, his job, his religion, his marriage, and even his dream of inventing the world's first pay-for-toilet business, Swanktrines. At first the fundraiser is just a farce. Now that his wife has gone missing and there's no one left to tend to her charities or the Sinks, a near-mythical tribe of traveling do-gooders, Wake just wants to get his hands on his rightful inheritance, which is stuck in escrow to ensure he doesn't sink it into his toilet business. Yet, amidst cults masquerading as charities and a growing paranoia about the safety of this strange new society, suddenly a new planet doesn't seem like such a bad idea. Here unravels the grander goal of a man fighting over civilization that refuses to set aside its differences and distractions in order to save itself from, well, itself, or perhaps, a really big rock heading its way.
While wading through the delusions and fantasies that send us hurtling through modern life, Methven explores the desperate attempts that we all may make to get away. Told by the wry members of a government agency known only as Division, Strange Boat offers a literary and comic take on our culture's growing fascination for space travel, survival, and escapism.
A Barnacle Book, Rare Bird Books
Paperback, 2016: 978-1-942600-74-9
US$ 17.95 | Fiction
Also available in eBook formats
Jon Methven has worked as a paperboy, a dishwasher, a Ponderosa cook, a pizza deliverer, a golf course grounds crewman, an illegal barbecue seasoning filter employee since he was living in Australia without a work visa, a bartender, a mascot at Yankee Stadium (Mr. Popcorn), a journalist, a taste tester, and a cubicle dweller. He knows things you can only dream of knowing, or can learn if willing to work for minimum wage. His work has appeared in Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, n+1, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, The Morning News, The Awl, and New York magazine. Strange Boat is his second novel. His first novel, This Is Your Captain Speaking, was published in June 2012. He lives in New York City with his wife and sons.