Tuhoe is the quintessential twenty-first–century man. He has a vague,
well-compensated job working for a multinational conglomerate—but
everyone around him is getting laid off as the company outsources
everything it can to third-world countries.
Henry has a beautiful wife—his college sweetheart—and an idyllic new
home in the leafy suburbs, complete with a pool. But his wife won’t let
him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; he’s
seriously overleveraged on the mortgage; and no matter what chemicals he
tries, the pool remains a corpse-like shade of ghastly green.
Then Henry’s boss offers him a choice: go to the tiny, magical,
about-to-be-globalized Kingdom of Galado to oversee the launch of a new
customer-service call center for a boutique bottled water company the
conglomerate has just acquired, or lose the job with no severance. Henry
takes the transfer, more out of fecklessness than a sense of adventure.
In Galado, a land both spiritual and corrupt, Henry wrestles with
first-world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a
steroid-abusing, megalomaniac monarch, and a woman intent on
redeeming both his soul and her country. The result is a riveting piece
of fiction of and for our times, blackly satirical, moving, and
profound. Download and start listening now!