Meet Eric Nye: hipster, player, philosopher, drunk, sociopath. Eric is a ruthless and talented young Chief Idea Officer at a New York City-based ad agency, in charge of downsizing his department, which entails firing dozens of longtime employees before their pensions kick in. In his free time, he guzzles bottles of the finest Sancerre, balances a hodgepodge of prescription pills, obsesses over his lavish furnishings, and chases women.
And then one day he meets Intern, whose name he can’t remember -- it might be Megan or Caitlin or Sari -- at a bar. After a few drunken encounters with her, he loses his appetite for food -- and seems to be losing his mind too. Is she in love with him, or is she stalking him just to make trouble? Will she be the cause of his nervous breakdown, or the cure for his sociopathic tendencies?
The Deep Whatsis is a gripping and hilarious satire of hipsters, consumerism, contemporary art - and anything else that crosses the narrator’s path -- about a lost soul navigating the toxic corporate world and, against all odds, stumbling towards redemption.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Eric Nye is like the character George Clooney played in Up in the Air. Smart, smooth, ruthless, he fires people at the New York advertising agency where he works. But an intern ruffles his groomed feathers and suddenly his life spirals out of control. Who is she and why is he suddenly questioning everything about his shallow, expensive lifestyle? A satire on the modern day cynicism and amorality of Gen Y targeting consumerism, corporate culture and the excesses of the advertising world. Nye is the 21st century version of Mad Men's Don Draper. Stylish, heartless, seductive, damaged. In other words: the end is Nye.
About the Author
Peter Mattei is a novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and writer for television and film. His award-winning plays have been staged in various theaters across the country to critical acclaim, and his first feature film, Love in the Time of Money, was developed at the Sundance Directors Lab and produced by Robert Redford. He’s created and written original series pilots for HBO, CBS, ABC, FOX, and other networks. He splits his time between Brooklyn, upstate New York, and Austin, Texas.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th August 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.5 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.27