Down the street, a dog is running around a lamp post on a leash. I feel like I’m on a similar trajectory.
Sam Bennett is the last of a dying breed, a former Mad Man, now made redundant after 30 years at the same advertising agency. Left with his awards and a case of Bulgarian whiskey (which he still can’t remember buying), Sam retreats to his home, awaits the summer arrival of his daughter and crazy son-in-law, Muller, is plagued by panic attacks and has an incident involving a pressed ham on a liquor store window with a young security guard named Max.
With the ground feeling like a trampoline, Sam sets out to do the one thing Mary, his wife, wants more than anything else?a grandchild. It won’t be easy with Muller, his suicidal son-in-law, jumping off roofs and drinking green paint, but life is full of surprises. Meanwhile, Muller wants Max’s mom, and Max’s dad, Otis, has the craziest online show in Chicago called, “Otis Cries For You.” As Sam’s doctor Krupsky tells him, “Life’s a crapshoot. At least you filled the cheap seats.”
Sam is about to learn the greatest lessons in life, even if it means stealing his neighbor’s pot, and getting more people stoned than he ever imagined possible.
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Robert Cormack spent thirty-six years in advertising before beginning You Can Lead a Horse to Water. His short stories have appeared regularly in Rosebud Magazine along with numerous other publications, including one anthology.
?With a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and a delightfully wacky assortment of characters, Robert Bruce Cormack’s novel takes his hapless hero, Sam Bennett, on an uproarious odyssey. Initially depressed and having panic attacks after being fired from his adman career, Sam’s life takes him on an outrageous series of twists and turns that include his son-in-law Muller’s get-rich-quick schemes, a foul-mouthed Mynah bird, salsa classes with his long-suffering wife, Mary, pool parties with his nudist neighbors, and plenty more. Cormack’s absurd yet dry sense of humor runs through it all: “Any plans for the New Year?’ Sam asks his doctor. “At my age, Sam” What do I have to resolve?’ What, indeed.” “Myna Wallin, author of Confessions of A Reluctant Cougar