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WALT MAGUIRE is the author of a few plays, more newspaper and magazine articles, and
a lot of that newfangled Web content.
He’s on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories Quarterly, which provides him with
some experience in reading his work to coffee house crowds where it turns out the most
enthusiastic person in the room doesn’t speak a word of English. He’s also acted,
performing in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, where his biggest moment was playing
dead while a dancer kept missing her mark and kicking him in the head steadily for five
minutes. He has tripped over a surprisingly large number of obvious things.
He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, his daughter, and his inarticulate cat.
When Ed the Talking Monkey moves out of his cage at the lab and finds an
apartment convenient to public transportation, he has to face not only the stares of
confused humans but the snobbiness of the more advanced experiments that follow
him into the new social scene.
In the space of a few days, he must decide if his best interests lie with the humans, or
with a group of the enhanced apes who think the humans are hogging all the best
parking spaces at the malls. Meanwhile, he falls in love with a new young monkey at
the lab, both of them unaware that one of the researchers has brought her in for an
enhancement that is far beyond what any of them can imagine . . . or want.
This hilarious novel sprawls across the social landscape, trips over the moral
ottoman, bangs its knee on the political hutch, and knocks over some cultural
knickknacks on its way to a gargantuan climax that reassembles the known world
into a map of life in all its forms, from the ridiculous to the broken, from monkey to
ape to human and back again, from the selfish to the sacrificing, from sea to shining,
lonely, moonlit sea.
It also offers a plethora of helpful, practical advice and how-to instructions on
throwing inter-species dinner parties, parenting do’s and don’ts, conducting your
own fiendish experiments, taunting caged monsters, and effective last words after
the taunting turns out to be a mistake.
trade paperback | ISBN 9780975254073
5.25" x 8.25"
A charming and satirical examination of the
question: What would happen if monkeys could
talk and had their own 401(k)s? . . . A jarring
and entertaining read.
— The Skwib
© ENC Press 2018. Tipping sacred cows since 2003