Inspired by his own brush with cancer and divorce, author David Kalish makes comedy out of his painful past in his debut novel, The Opposite of Everything.
Equal parts love story and Job-like allegory, The Opposite of Everything traces the hilarious descent of a man stricken with disease, divorce, and an oversupportive father – and the contrarian strategy he uses to resurrect himself.
When Brooklyn journalist Daniel Plotnick learns he has cancer, his fortunes fall faster than you can say “Ten Plagues of Egypt.” His wife can’t deal with it, his marriage ends in a showdown with police, and his father accidentally pushes him off the George Washington Bridge.
Plotnick miraculously survives his terrifying plunge --and comes up with a crazy plan to turn his life around: by doing the opposite of everything he did before.
David Kalish is a fiction writer, screenwriter and playwright whose debut novel, The Opposite of Everything, will be released on March 11, 2014 by WiDo Publishing.
The Opposite of Everything grew out of his studies at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, where he earned his MFA. His short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals, his non-fiction in the Writer’s Chronicle, and a short film of his, "Regular Guy," won honors in film festivals here and abroad. Before Bennington, he was an editor and reporter at The Associated Press, and his articles have appeared in major newspapers.
He is currently working on a second novel, entitled Stoner Hero, and a theatre script for a Latin version of A Christmas Carol. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and two canaries.
The Opposite of Everything is getting great advance reviews:
"The Opposite of Everything is an evocative tale of pre-hipster Brooklyn in which Mr. Kalish injects his pitch-perfect humor into some of the most challenging quandaries a career-focused New Yorker can face. His oddball characters mix in a clash of cultures between native New Yorkers and the immigrants who infuse the city, and the book's central character, with new life." -- Gerry Mullany, deputy editor at The New York Times
"Mr. Kalish’s first novel is a wonderful book. I can’t help but compare the protagonist, Daniel Plotnick, to the very best of John Irving and Philip Roth's quirky and unforgettable characters. This book will have you laughing out loud, and that Plotnick himself would believe is excellent for your health."
-- Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz, The Cutter, and Spared Angola