William Fox is an already-jaded young writer on a torturous assignment in Florida…held captive by the horrible TV showrunners who are producing his current project. While there, he meets an enchanting dancer named Nicole at a local gentlemen’s club who, claiming to be an anthropologist in search of meaningful life on Earth, completely upends his understanding of love, creativity, and even the trajectory of his life.
Focusing on the peculiarities of primate behavior, MONKEY BUSINESS follows Fox as he navigates the cruel mind games played by his TV bosses even as he grows increasingly obsessed with the mysterious, alluring Nicole. As their interactions become more and more intense, it suddenly dawns on Fox that Nicole might actually be manipulating his relationship with his bosses and staging their encounters as some sort of human psychology experiment about the similarities between monkeys and humans – particularly as it relates to the sadistic world of television. Desperate to get to the bottom of this, Fox risks everything to discover Nicole’s true identity and understand the lessons she’s trying to teach him – ultimately hopeful that, in so doing, he’ll be able to truly win her heart.
Darkly comic in nature but also deeply philosophical (particularly when it comes to the ridiculous sociology behind human behavior), MONKEY BUSINESS is an astute dissection of the human condition and the bizarre patterns of our everyday lives, both professional and personal. As a longtime screenwriter-producer, former public policy attorney, and past president of PEN Center USA, there is perhaps nobody alive who is as uniquely qualified as Carleton Eastlake to write a novel like this, i.e., one that is one part television industry insider satire, one-part anthropological thesis, and one part literary – if quirky – romance.
About the Author
Carleton Eastlake graduated from UCLA in political science and psychology and from Harvard Law School with a concentration in law and the social sciences. After a career in public policy and consumer protection law, being hired on Steven Spielberg’s series seaQuest confirmed him as a television writer-producer as well. He has shared in Edgar and Saturn awards and is a former board member of the Writers Guild of America West and a past President of PEN Center USA. His wife Loraine Despres is a best-selling novelist, television writer, and tree-farmer. They live in Los Angeles, California.
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