My Year at the Good Bean Café
An unlikely and inexplicable event prompts Adrian Lomachenko to quit his high-paying job in the financial district of San Francisco and pursue a career in writing, his long-repressed true calling. Determined to write a novel that examines the nature of unlikely and inexplicable events and how they impact our lives, he relocates to the quaint artistic community of Jacksonville, Oregon, where he will seat himself daily at 6:00 am at the same table in the town's eclectic coffee shop, the Good Bean Café, observe its patrons, engage in conversation, and with a little help from his capricious Muse, Miranda, write a story around a watershed moment in the lives of each of twelve characters, real or imagined, one for each month of the year. The challenge will be to finish each story in the month in which it was begun, and his book within a year. Does he meet his goal? And how does the exploration of unlikely and inexplicable events affect his life going forward?
My Year at the Good Bean Café is a quirky work of metafiction, a story about itself and its own creation, that explores the nature of identity, the process of becoming, the imponderable intelligence of the Universe, and the magic of art in all its manifestations.
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About the Author
Luetkemeyer works with the fine art of fragmenting reality so that the reader experiences several planes simultaneously: imagination, hidden dark forces, synchronicities, time travel, personal psychology, non-ordinary states of consciousness, substance-induced perceptions, speculation, pure fiction, pieces of consensual reality and more. To say his writing is mind-tweaking is an understatement. His fiction is like reality jazz. The theme can go in many directions, most of them non-linear.
- Frank De Luca, PhD
A Field Guide to Humans: Enriching Relationships through the Enneagram
My Year at the Good Bean Café...catches the reader's imagination and interest from the first page...and it does not let the reader stop reading until the very last page.
- Bernadette Longu
Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)
This is the strangest novel I have read (and enjoyed) in many a year... a compelling read... every story within the book is skillfully plotted and highly unpredictable...trust me when I say you'll never be bored reading this.
- The Wishing Shelf Awards
[Luetkemeyer's] personalizing of the reader draws the reader in and makes the stories seem like a fireside chat with the characters...[He] has an innate ability to convince you that even if these events didn't happen, the characters themselves are convinced they did.
- Grant Leishman
Author of A Drop in the Ocean
My Year at the Good Bean Café is an intense, beautiful, often dark, but wonderful read. It has everything: love, hate, violence, drugs, altered states, joy and pain. It takes every twist and turn into unknown worlds. I loved it, even though there were times I would have closed my eyes, had it been a movie.
- Ginna BB Gordon
Author of Bear Me Away to a Better World
The twelve stories are loosely interlinked, with the characters from one narrative frequently gatecrashing another. Stories such as The Two Wives of Frederico Ricci and Ten Thousand Hours in Shadowland had a joyful vibe, while Born Again and The Migration of Plastic Pink Flamingos possessed an inherent sadness. The October story, Travelling Man, came with a disturbingly dark undertone. Becoming Nobody was the most thought-provoking story I have read in a while. I recommend My Year at the Good Bean Café to anyone who loves magical realism, especially those who appreciate Haruki Murakami's works.
- Shrabasty Shakraborty
Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)