My last novel is free to download from Amazon through 12.12.21. If you check it out and enjoy it, please leave a nice review. If you hate it, ignore the last sentence. Here is everything you need to know about the book. I truly hope you enjoy it. Please, contact me through my email, this website, or the comments section in this blog to let me know what you think of the book and/or any part of this post. I would love to hear from all of you. At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to the novel on Amazon.
By Joseph D. Newcomer
(Back Cover Text)
“We are all recycled people.”
Time has stopped, and people are no longer living in the Present Pause. Disenchanted with Nostalgia Incorporated’s Time Travel Experience and the memory loss it causes, a former musician turned sanitation worker spends his time sorting through a lonesome world of trash left behind by humanity while he composes a letter to his younger self. The desire for the most insignificant of changes may be his last desperate connection to existence.
When he meets a dead girl, the subject matter of his letter changes. Her apparent suicide has been halted by the Pause, leaving a bullet spinning, locked in time next to her head. Their interactions bleed into his letter, and he begins to understand that her wisdom reaches far beyond his comprehension. As his letter and his compassion for the dead girl grow, he questions his desire for time to continue.
The only thing more important than remembering the past is making sure you’re not living in it.
From the Author
Diminishing Return is a compassionate social commentary exploring a dystopian future caused by humanity’s overwhelming appetite for nostalgia and waning care for originality. While I am in no way arrogant enough to believe that it will change the world on a grand scale, my intention and hope are for this work to have a lasting impact on any individual who seeks validation that they are not alone and that they belong in this world. I would also love for Diminishing Return to connect with those who, like me, feel a general sense of ennui and anxiousness when they look out into our world’s inseparable concoction of absolute beauty and unimaginable suffering.
While expressing a variety of themes central to each of our realities: the value of compassion, the need to belong, the hope to make a difference, and the death of creativity in modern culture, this work is mostly inspired by my family’s and friend’s histories of suicide and depression as well as an appreciation for our world’s most tragic artists.