STRANGE BOAT

STRANGE BOAT is the story of Danders Wake, a man raising money to build a new planet. The current world is evolving him out – of his home, his job, his religion, his marriage, his sexuality, even his dream of inventing the world’s first pay-for-toilet business. As a member of Manhattan’s high society culture, at first the planet fundraiser is a farce. But it becomes, very literally, a bigger project, and the grander goal of a man fighting for hope over hopelessness, and a dream for a civilization that refuses to put aside its differences and distractions in order to save itself from … well, itself, or perhaps a really big rock heading its way.

The novel is a literary and comic take on a growing fascination that our culture has for space travel, survival and escapism.

STRANGE BOAT publishes in April 2016. Reviews coming soon!

THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING

When flight AW2921 crashes into the Hudson River and all 162 passengers survive, it’s a Monday morning miracle. What the rapturous public doesn’t know: the whole thing was staged as a last-ditch attempt at resurrecting the Air Wanderlust stock price.

Captain Hank Swagger piloted the miracle plane into the river. Disgraced TV news anchor Lucy Springer was “luckily” the only reporter on board, and the first to capture the story. Con man Normal Fulk recently faked his own death to escape the consequences of his barely legal career as a celebrity semen trafficker. Toting his last big score—the “John Lennon”—Normal has to leave it behind on the sinking plane or risk being identified and arrested.

In the aftermath of the crash and the chaotic week that follows, Lucy, Normal, and Captain Swagger are all about to discover what it means to be at the center of a miracle that is anything but.

“Relentlessly inventive. . . . Beneath the snappy dialogue and quirky plot twists, Methven is posing a profound question: What happens when a country can no longer live up to its own mythos? . . . Methven keeps the plot humming, all the way to the sticky end. He's an exciting new voice.” — The Boston Globe

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About

I live in New York City with my wife and sons. My work has appeared in Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, New York Observer, Daily Beast, The Morning News, n+1 and The Awl. I am the author of four novels: THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING (2012), STRANGE BOAT (2016), BUFFALO JESUS (Coming soon) and THE CHARCEUTERIEST (Coming soon).

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