A daring and disturbing tale of survival set in Cuba and South Florida during the 1950s and early 60's, embracing both the breadth of historical fiction and the intimate intensity of a psychological suspense novel, The American Plan is a vertiginous ride through the mid-century American psyche.
“Engrossing…An intriguing antihero’s perspective on his life and times.”— Kirkus Reviews
"A grand, sweeping, postwar novel and a hard-boiled thriller…The American Plan never loses the pounding sense of uncertainty and risk that makes it a page-turner.”— Foreword Clarion Reviews
“It’s Faulkner meets Hiaasen in this debut novel of lust, intrigue, greed, and environmental destruction set against the backdrop of Jim Crow race relations in Cold War Florida... The novel’s great achievement is to contemplate the political sleaze and petty dreams behind Florida’s development while telling a compelling story that kept me turning pages late into the night.”— Gail Hollander, Florida International University, Raising Cane in the ‘Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida.
"Philip Narby, clutching his fifth of Jim Beam and torn by internal demons, is an unlikely bit player in the runaway development that marked mid-century Florida...his story is the American Dream itself, shorn of its myths, rocked by racism, fueled by insatiable desires and reconfigured by powerful forces of nature. The American Plan is an exceptional pleasure.”— Tim Johnson, McClatchy News, Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China.
David Weisberg is the author of Chronicles of Disorder, a groundbreaking study of the works of Samuel Beckett. His writing has appeared in The Albuquerque Alibi, The Mississippi Review, Nepantla, Libido, Nerve.com and other journals. His play, Totem and Taboo, premiered February 2016 at the Central Works Theater in Berkeley, CA. He has taught at Hunter College in NYC and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He currently lives in Berkeley, CA.