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Joe, a thirty-five-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York company, feels disillusioned with his life. Soon he starts dreaming of a mysterious man and, not long after, begins seeing him on the street and hearing his voice. The voice overwhelms Joe and he starts to listen to it, camping out on the front steps of his stoop, waiting for instructions. The media take note. And soon he has become a story, a media sensation, the center of a storm. When the voice tells him to “go west,” he does, all the while searching for this man, this mysterious voice that won’t leave him alone…until it does. 

Waiting for the Man is a compelling and viscerally emotional story about the struggle to find something more in life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Waiting for the Man is captivating, aggravating, enlightening, and redemptive.

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “That it’s hard to put down is a credit to Basu’s perfect sentences and clear sense of direction…I want to say that it’s reminiscent of Hemingway, but in a way that sounds nothing like him. It is, however, the perfect style for this novel, a retelling of the American Dream that Hemingway would never have understood.”

    Toronto National Post

  • “Perhaps the dark subtext to this entertaining novel is that movement is impossible, even for many seemingly privileged boys…Waiting for the Man hides a chilling truth under its light-hearted surface: the American Dream is a trap.”

    Quill & Quire

  • “Abandoning riches for road trips and rustic contemplation in a quest for insight is a story that has appeared in various forms for millennia; indeed, religions have been founded by people who undertook similar journeys. This version, told in two intertwined time-lines, moves this familiar tale to a modern setting to good effect…the author’s talents are on display in this novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Arjun Basu

Arjun Basu is a writer and an editor. His stories have been published in literary journals including Matrix and Joyland. His short story collection Squishy was shortlisted for the ReLit Prize. He has also won a Shorty Award for his short stories on Twitter. Waiting for the Man is his first novel. He lives in Montreal with his family.