January 29, 2014
Biology of Luck
"Men like Larry Bloom don't publish epic novels to literary acclaim." ~ pg. 45
Two men are vying for Starshine's love; one guy is an heir to a beach chair empire and the other guy is one of the last underground members of the Weathermen. How exhausting for a gal! The only break Starshine will get is a dinner date with tour guide Larry Bloom. She has no idea that Larry has a stake in her future too. He has written a novel about a day in Starshine's life in which he appears as the love interest.
It took me three chapters of the book to 'get it.' The Biology of Luck is a novel within a novel. Confused much? So was I in the beginning. Let me explain. The Biology of Luck juxtaposes moments from Larry's guided tour with chapters from the novel he wrote of Starshine's day. Still confused? Just read it and you'll understand. *wink*
This book—Biology of Luck not Larry's novel in the novel—is my first time reading Jacob's work. I must say I am impressed. The imagery and setting was so descriptive it felt like I was strolling the five boroughs with Larry as my New York tour guide. The structure used and open-to-interpretation ending takes talent. Somebody give the man a seven-figure advance so I can read the sequel!
DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher/author for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: The Biology of Luck
Author: Jacob M. Appel
Published: October 2013