This 2nd Edition was published May 2013. The novel has been reproofed, book reviews have been added, and there are discussion questions for book clubs. Also at the end of this edition, there is a 20 page preview of the new novel THE HOPE STORE.
. A human embryo is allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born. His name is Prospect. To help him make up his mind, he will meet a range of people including a greeting card writer, a sociopath, and Prospect's inscrutable mother, among others. Trish Mesmer is the scientist charged with counseling Prospect, though she has more hidden agendas then a centipede has legs. At the same time, Trevor Grueling grows increasingly committed to derailing the bio-experiment all together. This speculative tale is served up with equal helpings of whimsy, dread, and hope. The book is literary fiction at heart, with a somewhat sci-fi premise, so the book may not appeal to hardcore sci-fi readers. Those who appreciate the trippy, modern world on display in the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" or "Being There" may find themselves at home.
(If you enjoy imagery and language, Okita's poetry has been widely anthologized and taught in schools. His poetry book CROSSING WITH THE LIGHT is available on Amazon also!)