Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of Los Angeles. Just when Luke can’t bear life’s pain anymore, he is remade—into a rich but brutal man. As Luke catapults through realms of fame and fortune, he is granted one last chance to seek redemption in a final showdown between honor and his own devastating power.
I tried to read this book twice. Twice! The first time I was so sleepy I thought I was reading something by Gertrude Stein. The second time was much clearer, but I ran into a passage that verged on mansplaining to the reader on how there are differences between men and women, despite letting boys paint their nails and girls play with Hot Wheels.
The writing is in the present-tense, which gives it a poetic and experimental feel. It is thus hard to follow the train of thought. I’m sure that I didn’t give it enough of a chance, but without more context about the direction of the story, I have to say this isn’t for me.
It is 450 pages long. Baker seems like an interesting author, if not an oddity for moving from film to books.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.