Author Mark Schoedl’s new book “New to the Game” is a collection of sixteen evocative short stories probing the conflict and escapism of the human experience

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Recent release “New to the Game” from Page Publishing author Mark Schoedl is a thought-provoking literary work exploring deeply felt and universal human emotions in the modern context.

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Mark Schoedl is a resident of sunny Southern California who harbors fond memories of his formative years in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He has published his new book “New to the Game”: an arresting compilation of insightful and deeply human short stories.

The author shares, “There appears to be a distance between the person one presents, and the real person hidden beneath the veneer. Many more people from all walks of life have surrendered to their image to achieve recognition, to make ends meet, or to live the quiet life away from all the hullabaloo.

"One cannot escape one’s fate no matter how hard one tries. So perhaps the impossible is possible, ‘just be yourself.’ Many laugh behind their breath at this supposition. However, does winning a game or holding onto fractured relationships make your world a flawed yet wholesome endeavor that you can rest your hat on?

"These are questions we all ask ourselves in our own private lives away from the hardened world around us. Since we only have now, perhaps it is time to feel the disparate sorrows and pitfalls we have created and to walk out into the world anew without all those pent-up preconceived notions that we cannot seem to shed. After all, our egos are as fractured and sullen as everyone around us. It’s a new day. Who knows what today will bring?

"I too fall within this conundrum. My stories reach into what I have seen and experienced throughout my life. I cannot make sense of what the game of life has offered me. Even in America, things are quite bleak when I cannot seem to muster the effort to confront them just because I need to survive like everybody else. It is hard for all of us. So let us drop the supposition that ‘just go along to get along’ is our calling card in this world. After all, it is only a world that we have accepted as the best of all possible worlds (Voltaire). I refuse to accept this as my path. Path? Is not this world a pathless land?

"My sixteen stories from my new book, ‘New to the Game’, run over the same conflicts and escapism that many have held onto over the generations, and yet some daring persons see their own masked reality, feel its searing anguish, and let it fall to touch and feel new worlds—worlds they had no idea existed until they have had enough of their own biased and contrived ideals.”

Published by Page Publishing, Mark Schoedl’s engrossing book is a searing and provocative work of modern fiction.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “New to the Game” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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