Winner, Best Second Novel, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2012 Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews
“My casket shall be filled to the rim with 2005 Saint-Émilion.” So read the first line of the specific instructions for Keene’s funeral—a funeral that nobody would attend, since he had no friends or family. This had to be a mistake. Carmina’s ex-husband had never been one inclined towards such exuberance—“he was a boring engineer for Christ’s sake.” Besides, she didn’t want to have anything to do with this sordid story—they hadn’t spoken to each other for more than a decade. A story that would have her treasure hunt for junk, with a suicidal, pyromaniac kid in tow, while being courted by the shyest lawyer on earth. Keene didn’t have friends, but he sure had quirky acquaintances; each of the eight Carmina has to visit holds a piece of the puzzle.
With its palette of quirky characters, imaginative developments, and unusual perspective on life and death, "The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer" is an inspirational journey that captivates, entertains, and provides food for thought to those of us who happen to know someone who might die someday (rare as it may be).