James Wallace Birch
James Wallace Birch is an award-winning author of short fiction. He has published a number of articles in newspapers and journals. Discontents is his debut novel. James is a twenty-something from Northern Virginia (NoVa), outside our nation's capital.
James is best known for publishing the controversial full-length book entitled Discontents. Discontents is about the disappearance of James's old high school friend, Emory Walden, a subversive and notorious graffiti artist who became a counter-culture icon and was hunted by the U.S. Government.
James runs DiscontentsBook.com - the official site of Discontents where you can learn more about how Discontents came to be published. You can also find there the original letter Emory sent James, which is discussed in the letter to the reader James wrote at the beginning of Discontents. James lives alone in the DC metro area. His favorite musical artist is Emancipator. He enjoys, among other things, craft beer, coffee, and Castile soap.
James also publishes a blog about self-publishing and social media called Don't Throw This Letter Away at http://dttla.posterous.com.
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Smashwords book reviews by James Wallace Birch
- Where's Unimportant
on Sep. 06, 2011
Where's Unimportant is a dark and disturbing ride that plunges the reader into the depths of a psyche addled by the drugery of everyday American life.
I enjoyed Where's Unimportant. It is a thought provoking book, and being in the same age range and having a similar upbringing to Jack, the main character, I felt like I was reading about a friend. Where's Unimportant is painfully honest and it forces the reader to reflect on their own life and to wonder about what's important. If you're looking for a book that really makes you think or one that pulls back the veneer of the world today, Where's Unimportant is the perfect read. If, however, you're looking for action-packed then Where's Unimportant might not be for you. The pacing is a little slow toward the middle. This didn't bother me, as I saw this book operating on a different level, but it may some.
This thought-provoking book empowers the reader to step back and reflect on their own decisions, the direction of their life, and what it all means, while watching Jack fall apart. It is a rather disturbing read but one well worth it!
Warning: I wouldn't read it right before bed. I read one convo Jack has with a woman on a train during his travels right before sleep and it gave me a nightmare!