Winner of the 2020 Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel.
Four days before the presidential election, a bomb explodes on a Japanese cargo ship in the Port of Jacksonville, incinerating four American workers. Retired editor Trammell is on the story, just as soon as he gets in his nap. Laid-off reporter Lucy Neale has his back, searching for a fugitive computer expert falsely accused of planting the bomb. Did the sitting Democratic president, Oscar winner Cassandra Holland, order it? Or is the GOP challenger, professional wrestler Daniel "The Hammer" Hammerschmidt, behind it? Or is everyone just being played by dirty trickster Dick Maestro?
In Own Little Worlds, ex-journalist Cal Massey takes us on a fierce, funny, fast-paced ride through post-Trump America, in the company of characters both marvelous and mean, caught in the swirl of ever-shifting truth and a democracy crumbling under the weight of its own hate.
Welcome to a tragedy you can dance to.