About Social Grooming for Higher Primates

Zach Calloway and Trick Palmer are two old friends and writers who took different paths in life. When they meet again in 2010, they both have novels but nowhere to publish them. It’s the dawn of the social media age, though nobody knows quite that means yet – and least of all narrator Zach. The story weaves its way through shady businessmen, talk show hosts, an Apple store, police encounters, Times Square, tattoo artists, podcasters, quite a few bottles of wine, the eye of a blue whale, and an intriguing literary agent whose mere perfume could test their friendship – not to mention Zach’s already-tenuous marriage. Can they use new technology to their advantage as they hop from city to city trying to find literary success? Or will it take something more? And what does “furgle” mean, anyway?

SOCIAL GROOMING FOR HIGHER PRIMATES explores love, friendships, and other human interactions in the 21st century’s Information Age. Social media and new mass communication systems are simultaneously bringing us together and tearing us apart. Technology is a major disruptor for many industries including the publishing industry. The fall of 2010 was the tipping point for social media and publishing – and humanity. Zach and Trick not only witnessed it, they helped make it happen. One of the novel’s central themes is that no matter what or when the technology, we higher primates must all find ways to come to terms with it.

Comparable authors for SOCIAL GROOMING FOR HIGHER PRIMATES include Terry Fallis, Amy Jones, (especially WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER), Arjun Basu (WAITING FOR THE MAN), Nick Hornby (HIGH FIDELITY), Douglas Coupland (esp. the essays of BIT ROT), and Paul Quarrington.

This is P. Graham Strong‘s first novel.

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