Publisher: Baby Bingus Books (Nov 27, 2018)
Category: Literary fiction, humor, family life
Tour dates: Apr/May, 2019
Available in Print and ebook, 258 pages
A playful, big-hearted tragicomedy in the Russo/Irving mold, American Corporate chronicles the misadventures of middle-aged Jack Sullivan and his family as they bounce across the country in search of gainful employment, domestic tranquility, and a few people they can trust.
It is a story that working parents past, present and future will see as part of their own: the triumphs, the tragedies, the innocent mistakes and the not-so-innocent mistakes, and above all the forgiveness that keeps families together to face another challenge.
Guest Review by Betty B.
“American Corporate” by Jeb Stewart Harrison is a story about marriage, poverty, illness and feeding the corporate machine. And yet, somehow it is absolutely hilarious! Jack Sullivan is a middle-aged, married father of two who is looking for employment. Having lost his job eight months previously, Jack has been begging and borrowing wherever and whenever he can in order to maintain his expensive southern California lifestyle. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t been having much luck finding jobs and when his father informs him that he can no longer help Jack pay his mortgage, Jack has to cross the country to take a job in the comparative ghost town of Indianapolis.
Like I said, this novel is a comedy about some actually pretty serious subjects. Jeb Stewart Harrison manages to take the subject of unemployment and make it funny. I laughed out loud when Jack had to go to a job interview after being sprayed by a skunk and when his wife, Carrie, started talking to other men on Craigslist by accident. There were a lot of funny situations set up to make the characters come across like sitcom stars—that is, hilarious if not very easy to relate to.
In the book, part of the reason that Jack cannot find a job is that he isn’t actually interested in working in the corporate world. His actual passion is music and he creates the picture of somewhat of a former rock star who accidentally became a corporate stooge. Whereas his wife, Carrie is a beauty queen type, who isn’t very smart but makes up for that with earnestness and kindness. I’m giving this five stars for keeping me laughing throughout the entire book! I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good, funny read that is well written and descriptive.
Praise Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison
“If you enjoy beautiful prose, complex themes of family and race, and a refreshingly original narrator, this book is for you. Harrison is among the select few contemporary fiction writers who still write for serious readers.” – Jim Heynen, author, best known for The One Room Schoolhouse , The Boys’ House, You Know What is Right , The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap and many more.
“This book starts off with a bang and keeps on going. Howard is a character with a specific voice and story. I’m sure you’ll be provoked and entertained.”- Jessica Barksdale Inclan, author of The Believe Trilogy, The Being Trilogy, and many more.
“In The Healing of Howard Brown, author Jeb Stewart Harrison weaves an intriguing contemporary literary. The author provides a wonderful mixture of drama, humor, and seriousness to the story that easily keeps the reader’s interest as Howard’s journey unfolds. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I really enjoyed the author’s rich and vividly descriptive style of writing, especially the wonderful descriptions of the California and Louisiana settings.
The Healing of Howard Brown is a thought-provoking contemporary literary tale that will draw you in, touch your soul, and leave a smile on your face.”- Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“ I’m so happy that I read this book. It is beautifully written, wonderful imagery, and has such a heartwarming story as you follow along with Howard healing from the past. This is a wonderful story and one that I strongly recommend.”- jbronderbookreviews
“Jeb Stewart Harrison’s novel, THE HEALING of HOWARD BROWN brought to mind the novels of Roland Merullo, particularly, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDAH. Along the way, to his childhood home, and hopefully his sister, Howard finds more than expected and what he’s missing in the most unlikely places. The journey allows Howard to meditate on family relationships, issues such as love,life, death, fear and ultimately finding one’s personal peace. We the readers, if open, are able to learn from some of Howard, Mr. Booper and even the author, Jeb’s experiences.”- Cindy Roesel, Cindy Reads and Writes