Circumstance is a small town full of big secrets. Victor Days tries to avoid drama—he tries to avoid just about everything lately—but today, he's about to become the talk of the town when his life is hit by a preposterous series of escalating disasters. And it all started with that damn bagel.
Victor needs to find the ambition to fight back against a corrupt cop who wants him dead, a town full of people hungry to be entertained by a spectacle, and an electronics tycoon who wants Victor’s death caught on camera.
A madcap comic adventure with emotional punch, combined with poignant social commentary, Victor of Circumstance shows how a change of perspective could make the difference between living the good life and going down in a hail of bullets.
Like all good satire, Victor of Circumstance is exaggerated, but rooted in reality. The many characters draw from stereotypes, but even minor characters have quirks and depth that bring into question the real-life assumptions that stereotypes rely on. Yet there are clear villains—Donny Gudsen in particular is a cartoonish boor who could nonetheless be found in today's news headlines.
The story is cinematic in feel, reminiscent of great comedies like Groundhog Day and Vacation. When all of the characters played their part in the meticulously orchestrated finale, it made me want to stand up and cheer.
Victor of Circumstance is funny and touching. Anyone who gives it a chance is sure to have a good time.
[Full disclosure: cal chayce and I are both published by Forest City Pulp, so I got a free copy of the book]