Odd-job queen Starshine Hart is about to go on somebody else’s perfect date. At twenty-nine, the usually carefree Starshine has realized that it is easier to start sleeping with a man than to stop. Her lovers include one of the last underground members of the Weathermen and the dilettante heir to a lawn chair magnate. Both men have staked their romantic future on her. Her only respite is her impending dinner with the non-threatening but unattractive tour guide Larry Bloom. But Larry, too, has a stake in her future. He has written a book about their impending dinner in which he fantasizes about Starshine’s life on the day he wins her heart.
The Biology of Luck juxtaposes moments from Larry’s guided tour of New York City on the June day of his “dream date” with excerpts from the novel in which he imagines Starshine’s concurrent escapades. This inventive novel-within-a-novel structure weaves a highly imaginative love story across New York’s five boroughs. Provocative, funny, and keenly observed, Appel’s imagined pilgrimage through the underbelly of Gotham will establish him as a bold new voice in contemporary American fiction.
Jacob M. Appel
A writer with more than 200 publication credits; a licensed New York City sightseeing guide; and a scholar with multiple degrees in the fields of writing, philosophy, medicine and law, Jacob Appel is something of a modern day Renaissance man. The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, his first novel, won the Dundee International Book Prize. He’s won the Tobias Wolff Award, the Walker Percy Prize, the Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and others. Appel’s articles have appeared in The New York Times; The Boston Globe; The Huffington Post; and elsewhere, including law and medical journals. His plays have been produced in NYC and California. He is currently a practicing psychiatrist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Interviews & Cool Postings
Delphi Quarterly Interview – He’s still the smartest guy in the room
Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Largest headshot ever
The Gotham Center for New York City History – Biology of Luck made their blog
The Nervous Breakdown Self-Interview – Jacob Appel on Jacob Appel
Poets & Writers – Biology of Luck named “new and noteworthy”
Faith Middleton’s The Book Show – Book recommended in the forty-first minute
Writers on Writing Interview – Scroll to 30:40
Fiction Writers Review Interview – Meet the man behind the book
The Scarsdale Inquirer Profile – Local boy does (very) well
Empty Sink Publishing Interview – On process and persistence