The Adventurist A Novel

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/26/2016
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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In the anonymous office park of a modern software company, whip-smart software engineer Henry Hurt is a man in the middle: of life, of career, and of self-assessment. Henry is mired in his corporate responsibilities until his deathless office existence is torpedoed by the loss of his mother.

Overcome by "the pall," Henry seeks escape in a quest for love and purpose, which is occasioned by a crisis in his company's fortunes. Dodging an Iago-like rival, he finds love with a colleague in his department, endangers his bond with his family, and finally confronts the single urgent question of his life.

The Adventurist is about relationships: Henry has complicated ones with his sister, Gretchen, who has stayed at home with their father; his lover Jane, a sleek and efficient mirror image of Henry; and a tantalizing potential girlfriend, Madison, the ultimate free spirit. But his relationship to the responsibilities in that anonymous office park may change his fortunes even more than the women in his life.

Author Biography

A former programmer, J. BRADFORD HIPPS turned to fiction after a ten-year software career. He received his MFA from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program, where he was awarded the program's top writing honor, the $10,000 Inprint/Michener Prize, as well as a nomination for HMH's Best New American Voices. He was born in Arizona, raised in Minnesota, and now lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.

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