The luckiest thing in wannabe novelist Milo's life is that he's finally old enough to get Social Security. Then he meets Margaret, wannabe publisher who needs someone to translate a potentially brilliant book written by a guy from Mexico City. Milo's life is about to change, but in what direction?
All Milo wants is a piece of the publishing pie, but he's not going to be served if he can't get over his fear of the rejection letter. When he finally decides to take matters into his own hands and create the breaks he needs, things don't go exactly as planned. Unfortunately, for every step forward, Milo finds himself five steps behind. Will he ever see his name in print?
Barry Smith's dark and funny look at the cutthroat world of publishing will grab your attention. This is not a novel of deep character development or elaborate scene setting, but it is entertaining to see how Milo's choices are shaped by improbable situations and crazy coincidences. Even though Milo is a bit too twisted and self-serving to root for, you do want to know his ultimate fate.
If you like a bit of dark humor and if you've ever wondered how far you'd go to make it in your field, then you would like Only Milo. The book isn't prize-winning literature, and the novel could have used a more aggressive copyeditor, but these flaws do not distract the reader from enjoying the warped world that Milo made.
Barrry Smith and Milo have their own website where you can learn a bit more about the author.
Thanks to Nicole Krueger of Inkwater Press, I have a signed copy of Only Milo to giveaway to one of my readers. This giveaway is open internationally. To enter:
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Published by Inkwater Press, 2009
Source: Review copy (see my review policy)