THE DEADLINE is the story of David Grossman, a Baby Boomer approaching sixty who loses his high-paying corporate job and decides to embark on a quest to write the Great American Novel. To buy time to fulfill his lifelong dream, he makes a deal with his loving but bottom-line conscious wife: he has one year to write his book and get it published; otherwise, it’s back to the corporate grind, “a life lived under the steady lash.” At first, one year seems like ample time, but he had not counted on the elusiveness of finding the right storyline, the difficulties of writing page after page, and the numbing frustrations of finding a publisher. And he surely had not counted on having to deal with a mercurial culinary genius from the Amazon, a high priestess of the dark arts, a dying mother, and sinister thugs from the Mob. With each passing day, Grossman feels the pressure of time slipping away and the likely end to his dream.
THE DEADLINE is a truly engaging story, as only Steven Jay Griffel could write, about people fighting to achieve their dreams, no matter what the odds. In the center of it all is David Grossman, a man who struggles to push ahead, an everyman who still believes that decency, humor, and compassion are enough to survive in a world gone awry.
Fans of FORTY YEARS LATER will not want to miss reconnecting with and rooting for Steven Jay Griffel’s engaging hero, David Grossman.