When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he felt it was his duty as a father to do everything in his power to find his son, and he tried. He threw himself into the search, but his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his search. With the help of Sylvia—a kleptomaniac artist—Ben learns the ins and outs of a warehouse full of lost mail and explores every lead in his son’s case. But when that investigation leads him to Leonard Moscovich, Ben fears the worst.
Undeliverable is a literary fiction novel of 80,000 words launching in March, 2014. It is being produced in cooperation with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children and $1 of the cover price from each sale goes to the center to help fund their efforts. And yes, there is a sequel, I’m working on it, promise.
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What people are saying about Undeliverable:
“Engaging, inventive and full of feeling, Demarest’s debut engagingly addresses what we lose when we lose someone we love.” ~ Kirkus Review (Full text here)
“Demarest’s writing is sharp and witty. Her book is a great read with a bit of social conscience. While I was reading, I felt as if Demarest was taking me on a wild ride, a ride that I enjoyed and met a bunch of cool people along the way. From Gertrude to Sylvia – the characters are a great group of people. Benjamin faces struggles throughout the investigation, but in the end…well, read it and I think that you will enjoy it as much as I did.” ~ Portland Book Review (Full Text Here)
“This is a well-plotted, well-written story — its central metaphor of lost mail for a lost child creative and poignant. Ben channels his frustration with his inability to find his child to reconnecting mail to its intended recipient — efforts often similarly futile. The details of the “mail recovery system” and history of the mail service, in general, are actually interesting. Most topics are inherently interesting, when gone into with enough depth and clarity. The details of the detective work that Ben does in his search are actually more thorough and systematic than that of the professional police detectives. Riveting. There is peace, if no real happy endings, at the resolution of the story for both Ben and Sylvia, both tragic figures who have experienced loss.” ~ San Francisco Book Review
“Undeliverable delivers a range of pleasures to its readers: a unique and fascinating setting, an urgent mystery, a cast of oddball characters, sharp and witty dialogue. But what makes it compelling above all else is its heartfelt exploration of one man’s grief and determination in the face of his son’s disappearance. We yearn for Ben to find his missing boy, but even more, we want him to find a path to fulfillment in a world full of trouble. In Rebecca Demarest’s hands, his journey is tense, thrilling, and deeply satisfying.”
“Herman Melville knew that the dead letter office of the U.S. Postal Service was a potent metaphor for modern life. His short story, “Bartleby the Scrivener,” harnessed the great sighs of humanity found there. Rebecca Demarest’s engaging tale of what has become the “Mail Recovery Center” picks up the beautiful sadness and loss of a place that contains letters to “Santa, Jesus, God, Satan, The Perfect Man, [and] The Easter Bunny…” Her tale is framed engagingly by the “Property Office Manual” instructions by the long gone Gertrude Biun, a ghost of bureaucracies past. Rebecca Demarest knows how tales work. She gives her readers spirited language, dead-on humor and a trip to the inner workings of despair and strangeness. Serious readers will love this book.”
“A modern noir with a social conscience, Demarest’s novel combines the page-turning qualities of the “man on a mission” thriller with the heartwrenching realities of child abduction. Publishers, and fans, of cinematic fiction with a something extra, take notice.”
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