Benjamin Kunkel’s brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one
of the central maladies of our time—a pathological indecision that turns
abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse.
Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he’s having a
midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm-like existence in a tiny
apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are
not especially conducive to wisdom.
And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister
have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to
make up his mind.
Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental
pharmaceutical meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not
without some meditation on the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first
fateful pill. And when all at once he is “pfired” from Pfizer and invited to a
rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams,
he finds himself on the brink of a new life.
The trouble—well, one of the troubles—is that Dwight can’t
decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the
foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a
hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge.
How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of
the ways of the world? How to commit, and to what? At once funny and poignant,
gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great
energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and
style of a generation. Download and start listening now!