Nostalgia can be severely corrosive. This is what thirty-six-year old Josh will come to find out as he wakes up in his childhood bedroom with no recollection of how he got there. As he ventures out into the world, he's dumbfounded to discover that he is ensconced in a city of memory with people from his past: teachers, camp counselors, beloved sitcom stars, and they relish Josh's presence, celebrating everything he does. He is in a personalized paradise.
In reality, Josh is in a coma. Intercut between his story, Steph, his younger sister, quarrels with their parents in a hospital room over what is to be done with her vegetative brother. Their various conversations manifest physically in his coma. The longer Josh is submerged, the more peril his brain is in as neurons die off. The familiar faces that once brought comfort will be replaced with ghoulish masks. He'll learn this place has malevolent intentions as it threatens to devour his soul.
PRAISE FOR COMAVILLE
"After reading Comaville I am now Kevin Bigley's biggest fan. This debut novel is the type of thing all of us writers hope to accomplish. Something full of feeling and relatability that even the author couldn't have foreseen at the time of writing it.
Come for irony, stay for the hopefulness that lies ahead..."
Mallory Smart, Maudlin House
"Nostalgia, in this book, is a literal nightmare - and a potentially lethal one. Bigley accomplishes the difficult task of balancing the unreal and the mundane, and taking his characters to extraordinary circumstances in worlds both realistic and strange. It's an impressive and ambitious debut."
Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"Comaville is the debut novel of TV, film, and voice actor Kevin Bigley and it's a strong one...Bigley keeps the story moving at an engrossing pace."