With thousands being laid off practically every day, today’s recently unemployed are struggling to find something to do with their newfound free time. Many young knowledge workers are suddenly left lacking a sense of meaning. After several grueling years dedicated to building a worthwhile, yet now elusive dream, they are left contemplating the past and struggling for a true sense of identity.
The recently released, independent novel by Scott Neiss, “the state that I am in,” deals with these very issues…and is quickly becoming an underground favorite in Seattle. Scott, himself, is an MBA graduate in his mid-twenties and currently works in a cutting-edge software startup in Seattle. He has experienced the personal devastation and struggles of friends and colleagues over the past few years. He as taken his experiences and created the unforgettable character, Daniel – an ambitious, yet thoughtful and sensitive knowledge worker on a search for true beauty and meaning the midst of what Scott refers to as, “life as a Disturbed Infobeing.” When Daniel reaches an exhausted breaking point, he conjures up the clear, simple memory of his youth in a small, Midwestern town, and is haunted by the memory of his life-altering love affair with a gorgeous Eastern European exchange student named Izabela. This philosophical, yet eloquently written novel takes the reader on an emotional journey through a demanding, high-tech world, through the stifling reality of a small Midwestern town, and on a fascinating journey to Eastern Europe.
“the state that I am in” is an excellent read for those who are disenchanted with today’s Oprah-endorsed brand of best-sellers. It speaks directly to a generation at risk of letting go of a beautiful dream world, and one that is starting to actually believe the boring realities perpetuated by others.
“the state that I am in”, by Scott Neiss, is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com) or through your favorite bookstore. More information, including chapter content, can be found at www.scottneiss.net.