I don’t summarise things, because that’s when you lose the whole point of it. When you’ve written a book you shouldn’t be able to reduce it to a short story not to mention a short summary. It’s horrible. All the authentic and down-to-earth sentiments would disintegrate into some tasteless and dull adjectives and adverbs that consist of no meaning because you don’t see the whole picture.
But as my friend Ed pointed out, some people check the back cover for smashed insects. I hope that people won’t do this with mine until they have read it. Then the back cover won’t matter, will it?
It’s going to be a paperback, so unlike the hardbacks, there won’t be a separate sleeve inside the book on which your synopsis goes or whatever you want to call it. I believe the only thing that I can do is read back covers of at least fifty books and learn. I was never able to write the opening of anything.
It takes Damon Albarn up to three hours to write a line, but it took Philip K. Dick a year to write thirty books.
Some minds are like on-going typewriters and their only weakness is their short-term memory.
Apparently, I should end the text on the back cover with an intriguing question, but I am trying to think of something that’s non-stereotypical. So yes, it’s complicated; I can’t just go Dandy Warhol, grab Marilyn Monroe’s face and re-invent it. Postmodernism, these days, needs to be handled with more originality, which is not easy if you only have 150-200 words.
Anyway, I’ve come up with this:
>> Ellen Parker is a junior heart surgeon in New York. The city is her hideout; the hospital is her life, and the patients are her guinea pigs. With her PTSD in denial, she finds meaning in operating theatres and sex. And yet her existential dilemma continues to throw her off track. As her past unearths and becomes more transparent, she realizes that success alone isn’t going to fix anything.
The story touches upon female guilt but examines femininity on a different level. Ellen is an absurdist, who decides to revolt and believe in something that drives her forward. But what if what she believes in isn’t the truth?<<