the social chronicler of her time
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 23, 2009
When Gloria Nagy Launched her newest tour-de-force, an at-sea, Chinese box of a novel combining her signature style of razor-clam sharp social satire, love story, thriller, and who-dun-it and who-are-these-people?, she could not have predicted all the real-life at-sea dramas that would occur after her book was released.
"I think my plot keeps the reader pretty consumed with the fictional disappearances, overboard possibilities, and the not-so-serene lower-deck realities of the cruise business, but I couldn't have anticipated a summer with pirates prowling the Gulf of Aden and forcing the Silver Seas luxury passengers to be confined for two days to cordoned-off sections of the interior with all decks closed, pools drained and crews armed with power hoses on 24-hour alert; a whale making an impromptu intersection with another vessel that could easily have ended in a mega disaster; and four separate overboard passengers. Two teenagers, one saved, the other lost on different Carnival cruises; a wife caught on security cameras flying off her cabin balcony, leaving a husband protesting his innocence and only circumstantial evidence to link him to the death, and a 45-year-old female guest on one of the Alaskan cruises, ordering a midnight meal from room service and disappearing forever. Luckily, I already had enough drama going on, but it does prove once again how little a writer has to invent to find enough plot lines."
Nagy chose the cruise ship as the setting for Seasick (Jorge Pinto Books, Paper, $22.95), her ninth novel, because she saw the "Voyage Industry" as not only endlessly dramatic, romantic and slightly menacing, but because as a social chronicler of life in our times, it represents, "The perfect metaphor for a world gone mad with over-stimulation and over-consumption. On a luxury liner, it is easily possible to commit every one of the Seven Deadly Sins, probably hourly and when you jam 5,500 passengers, 1,600 crew members from 52 countries and all strata of society together for seven days on what is essentially a gigantic, very glamorous sardine can and set it adrift, well, the story-telling possibilities are endless."
Response to the novel has reflected the public's ongoing fascination with ocean-bourne travel, whether they have ever been or not. "Interviewers have asked me whether the cruise industry has protested some of the less than attractive aspects of what actually goes on behind the scenes on these ships, but they haven't because all of my facts are true and, in the end, I think it really makes people more intrigued."
Seasick is in essence an alliteration and the metaphor for the emotional baggage the characters bring on board and by the end of their seven-day adventure, the reader will never look at one of the "Man Overboard" headlines quite the same way again.
For more information--and to listen to Seasick's theme song--visit http://www.seasicknovel.com
About the Author
Gloria Nagy is the author of nine previous books, including The Beauty, Natural Selections, and the New York Times bestseller, A House in the Hamptons.
Her critically acclaimed novel, Looking for Leo, has been adapted as a mini-series for CBS. Her last novel, The Beauty, is set in Newport and Cape Cod and has been called "a terrific fable about the futility of escape, the inevitability of evil and the power of redemption." She is currently working on an independent film adaptation of her novel, Virgin Kisses, and a musical review for women titled "Where Do I Go Now?"
Gloria Nagy is a member in good standing of the Authors Guild, Authors League, and the Screenwriters Guild of America. She is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment & Design) in Monterey, California, and has been interviewed on social issues by "Nightline." She has appeared frequently on television and has done more than fifty radio interviews on subjects relating to her work and how her themes intersect zeitgeist. Critics have called her "the social chronicler of her time" and "the female Tom Wolfe" for her ability to "stick pins in all the hot air balloons." Her opinions and observations have been expressed in reviews and articles for national magazines such as, Lears, Traveler, Self and Cosmopolitan, as well as in speeches and writing seminars.
Nagy's novels have been published around the world and translated into numerous languages including German, Japanese, Hebrew, Russian, and Dutch.
She lives with her husband, Richard Saul Wurman in Newport, R.I. They have four children, six grandchildren, and three Yellow Labs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who do not cruise.
Contact: Victor Gulotta, Gulotta Communications, Inc.