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This is the compelling and moving story of Mark White, a man trying to run a multi million dollar PR company, take care of his son, hold himself together, and deal with the grief of his wife s sudden death s a few years earlier Set in 2016 prior to the U.S Presidential election, it is told in three parts The first part is told in a frenetic, almost stream of consciousness way and there is a feeling of dread that something bad is bound to happen I have to admit I wasn t quite sure of what I t This is the compelling and moving story of Mark White, a man trying to run a multi million dollar PR company, take care of his son, hold himself together, and deal with the grief of his wife s sudden death s a few years earlier Set in 2016 prior to the U.S Presidential election, it is told in three parts The first part is told in a frenetic, almost stream of consciousness way and there is a feeling of dread that something bad is bound to happen I have to admit I wasn t quite sure of what I thought of Mark White at first But as the story progresses andis learned about Mark and his past, I found myself rooting for him and his quest to become whole And, for me, it is his relationship to his son that is the most critically important part of the story There is a lot going on in this book regarding his business with multiple characters and at times I found myself a bit lost and having to backtrack a bit so I m giving this four stars Overall, I found this to be an honest and emotional portrait of a man fighting to have the life that he truly wants Highly recommended.I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily Around the Sun by debut author Eric Michael Bovim takes readers on a captivating globe crossing journey of a man trying and failing to juggle his multimilliom dollar business with his grief At times funny and other times cynical, Mark White is a D.C PR kingpin, raking in so much money from his clients he invests some of it in gold, but he is also falling apart, coping with his wife s tragic death by popping pills, drinking too much and getting very careless with his wealthy clients Mark feels Around the Sun by debut author Eric Michael Bovim takes readers on a captivating globe crossing journey of a man trying and failing to juggle his multimilliom dollar business with his grief At times funny and other times cynical, Mark White is a D.C PR kingpin, raking in so much money from his clients he invests some of it in gold, but he is also falling apart, coping with his wife s tragic death by popping pills, drinking too much and getting very careless with his wealthy clients Mark feels guilty about his business travel when it comes to leaving his 8 year old son Colin with a nanny Colin is wise beyond his years, as so many kids are, and he sees through a lot about his father while he copes with his own grief.Mark travels constantly, to New York, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Barcelona and back to his home turf in Washington, D.C and Virginia Bovim is skilled at describing the atmosphere of each city and making you feel that you are in the coffee shops, the bakeries and outdoor cafes and on the winding streets I loved tagging along on the trip to Barbados, where Mark takes his son to escape from his imploding life back in D.C The music, food and labyrinthian streets of Barcelona made me want to go there As Mark s late wife Monica says, We are never where we are Eventually Mark s increasing apathy toward his business and his pill popping and drinking lead to a very public business disaster and a crossroads in his life As a reader, you are rooting for him to make the right decision Along the way, the author s beautifully accurate descriptions of airline travel, the media, public relations, grief and human nature are wonderfully written Some of the scenes, especially with his friend Hawthorne and some of his PR clients, are also funny His excellent character descriptions reminded me of F Scott Fitzgerald s cast in Gatsby, but in today s moneyed world of IPOs and Twitter.Literary fiction is my favorite and I used to live in D.C and Virginia and worked as a reporter for many years, so I particularly enjoyed the scenes and observations about the media, which were spot on Barcelona becomes a bit of a character in the book and it was clear the author had lived there to be able to capture it so well The exploration of grief and the relationship between the father and son were moving Mark s sudden, unpredictable memories of his late wife, a painter, captured the beauty and pain of grief I highlighted many of the passages in this novel as I read, something I don t often do The elegant writing was that good This debut novel also packs an energetic plot into its 288 pages It is scheduled to be published June 1 by Epigraph Thanks to the publisher and BookSirens for the chance to read and review this effervescent book The epigraph by T.S Eliot was perfect These fragments I have shored upon my ruins Around The World is the story of Mark, a businessman at the head of a large PR firm, struggling with the death of his wife and looking after his son while trying to manage his work life and schedule.I really liked Mark as a character but I found the first half of this book really hard to get into I loved all the moment with Mark and his son, Colin, but I had no interest in all the business side which seemed to take over the book I couldn t keep track of all the other characters and I didn t ca Around The World is the story of Mark, a businessman at the head of a large PR firm, struggling with the death of his wife and looking after his son while trying to manage his work life and schedule.I really liked Mark as a character but I found the first half of this book really hard to get into I loved all the moment with Mark and his son, Colin, but I had no interest in all the business side which seemed to take over the book I couldn t keep track of all the other characters and I didn t care about any of the business challenges.It s a shame really because I really loved the very final section of the book and the depictions of Barcelona were so vivid so much so I felt very sad my visit there, which was meant to be in April, was cancelled.I wasn t surprised to find this was a debut by a writer who was an entrepreneur himself He is clearly very knowledgable about the business world but unfortunately that business focus didn t really do it for me and I would have likedof the story to focus on Mark and Colin 3 stars As this story opens, the reader is tethered to the narrator, a shameless, jet setting executive living a life of nearly Wolf of Wall Street level excess The staccato dialogue is quippy and knife sharp, effortlessly evoking a man both over stimulated and utterly unconcerned The world seems to be rushing around him, and the man is portrayed as both volatile and self destructive Throughout part one, there is this feeling of impending doom lurking behind the words, like the plot is careening towa As this story opens, the reader is tethered to the narrator, a shameless, jet setting executive living a life of nearly Wolf of Wall Street level excess The staccato dialogue is quippy and knife sharp, effortlessly evoking a man both over stimulated and utterly unconcerned The world seems to be rushing around him, and the man is portrayed as both volatile and self destructive Throughout part one, there is this feeling of impending doom lurking behind the words, like the plot is careening towards some unknown catastrophe In part two, the frenetic crush of activity, chaos, and disaster is followed by a subtle unwinding The reader is given some room to breathe brief moments of lucidity and lyricism in which we are offered snippets of the past The flashbacks are revealing without being overindulgent they are woven into the flow of the narrative with little to no preamble Blink and you might miss them.Finally, in part three, the empathy we have built with the narrator is rewarded The reader stays tethered to the protagonist s thoughts as we soak in his character arc We get to observe as the point of view of the jet setter unravels to allow the role of the single, grieving dad to come forward We are shown a sample of the narrator s appreciation for art, poetry, and music that has been as yet suppressed this soul food cutting through his harder outer layers His notes on travel become muchromantic, too, as we wind towards the conclusion His descriptions of place become rich in cultural detail and personal nostalgia, erasing the bitter and harried accounts of before.In reflection, this story feels deeply personal to me not in the sense that I resonate with the protagonist, but rather that his experiences were painted so vividly that I began to take on his feelings and apprehensions as my own I think this debut from Eric Michael Bovim showed incredible strength I can only hope to see Mark White Appears To Have It All As The Head Of A Prestigious PR Firm In Washington, DC But In The Aftermath Of His Wife S Sudden Death, He Is Struggling To Raise His Eight Year Old Son, Colin When He Takes On A Controversial New Technology Startup Mid Scandal And Weeks Before Their IPO, Mark S World Rapidly Begins To Unravel Adrift, Mark Is Soon Forced To Make Life Altering Choices That Will Affect His Bond With Colin, The Legacy Of His Deceased Wife S Unsold Paintings, And, Most Importantly, His Relationship With Himself Set At Intervals In Present Day New York, San Francisco, Barbados, Italy, And Barcelona, Around The Sun Is Told In Lush, Graceful Prose, A Portrait Of Grief And Hope In The Age Of Social Media, Globalization, And Artistic Decadence [Ebook] ↠ Dark Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, Author Michele Scott – Mgiworx.co.uk DC But In The Aftermath Of His Wife S Sudden Death [ PDF / Epub ] ☀ The Art of Heavy Transport Author Marco J. van Daal – Mgiworx.co.uk He Is Struggling To Raise His Eight Year Old Son [Download] ✤ Freak Show ➸ Robert 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Bovim s debut novel Around the Sun packs quite a punch in its 288 pages Told in three distinctive parts, the reader is introduced immersively to our protagonist Mark White, the powerful CEO of an elite Washington, DC Public Relations firm His client list includes DC movers and shakers, heads of international Fortune 500 firms, and heads of state in foreign lands He mans the helm of the DC based, yet internationally connected firm with style, confidence, and ego to spare In Part One we join Bovim s debut novel Around the Sun packs quite a punch in its 288 pages Told in three distinctive parts, the reader is introduced immersively to our protagonist Mark White, the powerful CEO of an elite Washington, DC Public Relations firm His client list includes DC movers and shakers, heads of international Fortune 500 firms, and heads of state in foreign lands He mans the helm of the DC based, yet internationally connected firm with style, confidence, and ego to spare In Part One we join Mark as he jet sets at the drop of a a dime around the world, troubleshooting and providing damage control for his elite clientele, the picture of cool, calm and commanding, he quite literally has the world but the tail Or so he would have everyone think Told in rapid, scattershot, frenetic language and almost stream of consciousness prose, Mark would have everyone himself included believe there is no problem, no situation that he CAN NOT HANDLE Bada bing, bada boom Dash here, dash there Fix it, fix it, FIX IT Part One ends, however, with a devastating professional crash for Mark His armor has chinks and his I Can Handle Anything mask has slipped In Part Two, we find that the Prince of PR has a few unresolved and seriously troubling problems While not a surprise, for these problems were cleverly hidden in plain sight within the novel s first section, we discover the true extent of Mark s attempts at self deception and avoidance For you see, Mark s beloved wife Monica was killed in a hit and run accident months before Monica, a successful artist, has always provided Mark with context and grounding With the sudden removal of the connecting color in the portrait of his life, Mark has tried, unsuccessfully, to bury his deeply devastating grief in booze, pills, and business With his mantra of I m fine, he has neglected to see that his young son, Colin, is far from fine Slowly realizing that he is all Colin has in the world, a devastated Mark in the third and final part of this excellent story is led on yet another round of soul searching turns around the sun hopefully coming to terms with his struggle between ambition and life without, like Icarus, flying too close to the scorching rays of the sun.Eric Michael Bovim s writing is not for those who want an easy read in either topic or prose I will not lie, I consider myself a word nerd and his vernacular of choice had me reaching often for my dictionary So too did I Google with frequency the world that Bovim s characters inhabited As my career path did not lead me through the halls of high power, high energy public relations agencies or make me privy to the ins and outs of the corporate financial world, I definitely sought edification a time or two or three But what I did recognize early on, and quite clearly, was the very real and oh so human pain of grief and loss that he so successfully wove throughout the pages his book Mission accomplished Mr Bovim I look forward to sharing manyof your turns around the sun as written in your distinctive voice.I d like to express my thanks to NetGalley and to the author, Eric Michael Bovim, for the opportunity to receive an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review NetGalley Eric Michael Bovim Disclaimer I received this book from the publisher Thanks All opinions are my own.Book Around the SunAuthor Eric Michael BovimBook Series StandaloneRating 3 5Recommended For business minded people, griefPublication Date June 1, 2020Genre Contemporary FictionRecommended Age 17 death, grief, and businesses Publisher Epigraph PublishingPages 288Synopsis Mark White appears to have it all as the head of a prestigious PR firm in Washington, DC But in the aftermath of his wife s sud Disclaimer I received this book from the publisher Thanks All opinions are my own.Book Around the SunAuthor Eric Michael BovimBook Series StandaloneRating 3 5Recommended For business minded people, griefPublication Date June 1, 2020Genre Contemporary FictionRecommended Age 17 death, grief, and businesses Publisher Epigraph PublishingPages 288Synopsis Mark White appears to have it all as the head of a prestigious PR firm in Washington, DC But in the aftermath of his wife s sudden death, he is struggling to raise his eight year old son, Colin When he takes on a controversial new technology startup mid scandal and weeks before their IPO, Mark s world rapidly begins to unravel Adrift, Mark is soon forced to make life altering choices that will affect his bond with Colin, the legacy of his deceased wife s unsold paintings, and, most importantly, his relationship with himself Set at intervals in present day New York, San Francisco, Barbados, Italy, and Barcelona, Around the Sun is told in lush, graceful prose, a portrait of grief and hope in the age of social media, globalization, and artistic decadence.Review Overall I thought this was a beautifully done book The book had great character development and the world building was so detailed it felt like you were in those places The plot of the book kept me intrigued in it throughout the novel.However, I think that the pacing was slowed down as the book went on and the business focus of the book was a bit hard of a concept for me to grasp, but I think the author did pretty well Verdict It was a good book Around the sun By Eric Michael Bovim was a wild trip of writing where it felt stream of consciousness from the first person point of view The style is something very unique in which something I have never seen or experienced.The character Mark White works in a Big PR clean up firm and is grieving over his wife s death He is a single father who keeps spiraling out of one big problem into another while trying to be a father however in some ways its kind of absent He basically overworks himself Around the sun By Eric Michael Bovim was a wild trip of writing where it felt stream of consciousness from the first person point of view The style is something very unique in which something I have never seen or experienced.The character Mark White works in a Big PR clean up firm and is grieving over his wife s death He is a single father who keeps spiraling out of one big problem into another while trying to be a father however in some ways its kind of absent He basically overworks himself and drugs himself with anti depressants and alcohol to feel numb to any feelings or grief He sees her everywhere her name was Monica White It feels like a downwards spiral and he has to create a perfect image Her memory haunts her like a ghost While his child Colin needs his attention and love and to talk about what happened that his dad just doesn t want to talk about her or anything.In a job where you have to deal with social media also with news fadingit can attack any company at any angle you are paid to clean it up with a ton of money He is getting an account onespeak where the creators Lars and Fung had an incident His Job is to fix it however he gets dragged in a spiraling problem of not coming through or possibly not coming through with empty promises.This is an amazing book with a really complex story.Thank you net galley for this arc Around the sunEric Micheal bovineAdult fiction griefJune 1st 2020Spoiler alert This is a book full os surprises you either hate it or love it I love it it s about mark white who lost is wife in a car accident and bringing up his son Colin who eight years old He hires a nanny two look after Colin while he runs his own business and go on expensive first class trips He has his own businesses white and partners company He the chief executive of white and partners is co workers are lars Alan sall Around the sunEric Micheal bovineAdult fiction griefJune 1st 2020Spoiler alert This is a book full os surprises you either hate it or love it I love it it s about mark white who lost is wife in a car accident and bringing up his son Colin who eight years old He hires a nanny two look after Colin while he runs his own business and go on expensive first class trips He has his own businesses white and partners company He the chief executive of white and partners is co workers are lars Alan sally hawthorn The company just bought bitcoin and set up allot of technology apps and invest in first and firms invest in his He a multi million company.He traveled allot on business planes first class two Barcelona New York Paris California And other luxury places he loves having coffee and champagne on the flights where he checks his email and his phone and the food his great on these flights if people offer him a newspaper he waves them off he doesn t read newspapers as a rule He talks about his wife allot in the book how she died and how he misses her how he loved the smell of her perfume and how they met in college and how they met He loved poetry he had a piece published when he was young he enjoyed parties in College his parents paid for him two go two university He loved music He become a journalist for two years and loved it but it was dangerous He explain that when his wife dies he took up the idea of pills and whisky And he not had another girlfriend since his wife died The idea haunts him His colon misses him terrible he wants two spendtime with his sonthan just two days a week His plays hockey so when mark get the chance he takes him two practices and he I ve doing these thing reading him a bed time story putting him two bed making him pancakes in the morning before school.But he notices that colon not doing so great in school he only got a c in maths and tell him school important and he must concentrate in school Colin says you never here you never help me and that make him feels guilty allot for not being supported Then he had important meeting with the firm and Lars and fung got engaged in the meeting he reckons it be good press for his firm.He loves buying expensive ties and suits for his firms After the meeting he asked two go on tv two represent the firm but realising he taken two many pills and whisky before going on tv he collapsed in front of everyone and doesn t go down well for his company or firm he then decided two gave a massage and that night he slept with a married woman and regretted ever since.I love the fact you get drawn into the coffee shop the restaurant the fancy sandwiches the bakery the hot chocolate.After thing didn t go well in the meeting when he got home and realisers is son need himhis nanny told him he not coping when you not here he goes two cbs and buys a load of stationary supplies and a new bag for him and they have a chat He then takes him two the doctors and he gets the cream for his rash and mouth put it on him and they spend a couple of days together in the snow storm has his company shut for a couple of day They go two the museum Together and they happy they go two the bakery now and have pastry coffee and watch the snow for a while Then that night mark takes him two Barbados for a couple of days they arrive the next day they have a nice house they love the beach they go on a boat trip together and when Mark discovers his son Colin says his mother on Facebook and there loads of photos of them together and they look through them.They have a lovely trip it was worth s it.The next days he decides thing are not going well in work or his business and he sells the business and walk away a free man and spendtime with his son and takes him on another hoiliday again and realisers it s all about him.I love the characters in this book I loved the writing the plot was good I love how mark white dealt with things I give this 4 stars rating Around the Sun


About the Author: Eric Michael Bovim

Eric Michael Bovim is an American writer He began his career as a journalist in 1999 for Dow Jones Newswires and Reuters, based in Madrid While in Spain, he covered the Basque separatist group, ETA, as well as the companies that rose and fell during the dot com collapse Around the Sun is his debut novel He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross, where he studied twentieth century fiction and poetry under Christopher Merrill After deferring an MFA opportunity to study with David Foster Wallace, he moved to Barcelona after college He returned to the U.S in 2001 and began to work as a consultant Over the years his essays have appeared in Salon, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal He resides in Virginia.


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