New Novel Offers an Unflinching Look at How Men Feel about Sex, Love, Marriage, and Massage Parlors
Sag Harbor, NY -- March 20, 2017 -- The Permanent Press, a noted publisher of literary fiction, publishedGod Bless Cambodia, a picaresque comedy from performer and fiction writer Randy Ross.
"A very entertaining story about a guy who sets out to change his life..." -- Booklist "...this story of a flawed character’s midlife crisis becomes an easy one to relate to." -- Kirkus
God Bless Cambodia follows the adventures of Randall Burns -- forty-eight, out of a job, and tired of wasting his time pounding away on Match.com as if it were a game of Whac-A-Mole.
One day at Barnes & Noble, he comes across a travel guidebook for single men with a unique itinerary and a titillating passage on vaginal thrush. Burns is no traveler: He hates public toilets, loud noises, weird smells, and people who sweat. Eventually, the call of the thrush, his fears of dying alone, and a snarky e-mail from ex-girlfriend Ricki, compel him to take the trip.
During his travels, Burns strikes out with women on three continents and suffers loneliness that would have broken Papillon. The only thing that keeps him from returning home is Ricki, who continues to email, declaring her certainty that he's having a rotten time and won’t last another week.
On the fourth continent, Burns accepts that he's going to die alone and the sooner, the better. He bungee-jumps, eats food from street carts, and visits a body spa named "The Curious Finger." He lets go of his germophobia and his quest for a woman, and begins to enjoy himself. Ricki emails again. She’s now on antidepressants and sorry for her past behavior. Is his luck with love about to change?
Founded in 1978, The Permanent Press is an independent press committed to publishing works of social and literary merit. http://www.thepermanentpress.com
Author Randy Ross is a Boston-area writer and performer. His one-man show, "The Chronic Single's Handbook," based on God Bless Cambodia, has been featured at fringe theater festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2007, he took a trip around the world and learned to say in three languages: "Speak English?" "Got Pepto-Bismol?" and "Where is the evacuation helicopter?" This is his first novel.