The Nominal Theory of Good Art
by William McCauley
This satirical novel integrates two story lines: the misadventures of Charles, a failed artist, and Wally, a plodding, TV-addicted, middle manager. Wally's improbable blossoming into an artistic genius drags his family and friends into an a hilarious battle with art world over Wally's future. A stable of outrageous characters moves the action relentlessly to a satisfy conclusion.