Miles Derby, a desperate alcoholic barely keeping up with his child-support demands, transforms his life when he assumes the identity of a dead Navy chaplain, taking his place at sea and finding himself in the process.
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Yes, it's true that ONE OF THE GUYS has been getting a tremendous amount of media attention in America, along with an ethusiastic response from American readers, but I especially enjoy hearing from British readers. Ironically, it is the British readers who see, in ONE OF THE GUYS, my literary debt to the satires of Pynchon and Heller, while my countrymen rarely make the comparison to these American authors. ONE OF THE GUYS is a picaresque, descended from the earliest English novels. Miles Derry, the sometime rogue hero, has been reduced to working as a janitor in a pornography emporium after hours, so that he can make enough money to make his monthly child-support payment. One night in the arcade, he comes across a stiff (in ever sense of the word) who turns out to be a US Navy chaplain. Taking the chaplain's identity as a way out of his miserable life, Miles embarks on a seafaring adventure to the Far East, which will transform him, after several highly ironic and satirical twists, into a hero in every sense of the word. The book is not only a microcosm of modern society, but a comic indictment of it. Everyone who read the book in manuscript--my agent, my editor, my dad--did so in one sitting. It was great fun writing this novel, and I hope you enjoy traveling westward with Miles as much as I enjoyed getting this journey of self-discovery down on paper.
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