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If technology is a cage, then it’s a cage that few want to leave. Technology users can see real life as a distraction. Among these distractions is the artful genre of literary fiction. No one cares about, or notices, the literary novel anymore. Does literary fiction ask too much of us today, ask us to leave the dependability of technology for messy human interaction? In this modern mindset, literary fiction asks us to lose our minds.

Marble on a Table, a debut novel by Eugene Havens, follows in the tradition of realistic literary fiction.

An unlikely romance between two wounded outsiders, Marble on a Table follows Rasmus, a resourceful New Yorker. When he picks up an unwanted condition called a conscience, the city abandons him. A captivating stranger takes notice.

It’s 1995. Money and drinks flow in New York City, but not for Rasmus Smith. Dissatisfied with a meaningless life, twenty-eight-year-old Rasmus ventures to become a good person, an act of idealism that pits him against a ruthless city. Things look bleak until Rasmus’s life is saved through the kindness of an urban Samaritan. This rescuer, Alli, shows Rasmus that selfless living is possible. Rasmus falls for Alli, only to find that selflessness and love rarely go together.

Marble on a Table will be published in 2019, through The Writing Thing Press.

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