Publisher: Yannick Thoraval (September, 2014)
Category: Literary Fiction, Climate Fiction
Tour Date: November, 2014
Available in: ebook, 312 Pages
About The Current
Peter Van Dooren’s wealth and prestige mean that his family wants for nothing – except a husband and a father.
If it works, Van Dooren’s plan will not only make him richer, it could also change the very idea of nations and borders. After all, changing the world is what Peter really wants to accomplish.
The thing is, not all of the islanders share Van Dooren’s vision for their homeland. That won’t stop Peter from risking everything to prove that nature can be tamed. Playing God may cost Van Dooren his fortune and his own family.
While Peter plots a world away, his wife, son and daughter sink deeper into their own personal abyss of retail therapy, amateur pornography and Christian fundamentalism.
Everyone is adrift on the same tide of greed, lust and fear. This is the current that shapes the world. It always has; it always will.
Commended by judges of the prestigious, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript and finalist in the International Showcase Screenwriting Competition, 'The Current' is a novel about the difference between having a house and losing a home. The style of writing is literary (thoughtful but humorous), and will appeal to readers of Jonathan Franzen (particularly Freedom), Ian McEwan (particularly Solar) and Michel Houellebecq (particularly Platform). Stylistically, The Current offers readers a back and forth split storyline and portent of danger comparable to Paul Thomas Anderson's film, Magnolia (1999).
Excerpt from 'The Current'
Peter slid the invitation into the pouch of his seat. It had been in his breast pocket all day.
He was a radar blip somewhere 30,000 feet over the North Atlantic, and he was about to eat salmon mousse. Everyone complained about airplane food. He loved it; the little trays that portioned everything equally and separated the salad from the bread, from the mousse, from the fruit cup—it appealed to his appreciation for logistics and process. It was good.
Peter Van Dooren was at the forefront of the industry, thanks to his enviable knack for spotting emerging markets. Years before South Korea’s export potential had been clear, had been much less viable, Peter’s bilateral commercial agreements with several Korean manufacturers had already been negotiated.
He had quickly appreciated the business potential for following seasonal produce: apples ripen in the fall, strawberries in the summer. In that sense not much had changed since the agricultural revolution ten thousand years ago. But technology, mobility, connectivity, they made it possible to follow the seasons wherever they might be. If Chinese wheat and Iranian apple flakes made their way into American cereal boxes, Peter Van Dooren had helped to get the raw materials to the manufacturer.
His ancestors, toiling in the seventeenth-century port of Rotterdam, could never have dreamed that the Van Dooren name—their name—would one day be plastered on shipping containers that circled the globe in a multi-billion dollar industry. Peter had made that happen. Him. It was a legacy of which he was proud.
The proof was in that invitation. It had arrived a month ago:
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF L’EDEN SUR MER
Office of the President
Kai e ko toomo ike namoi
Mr Peter Van Dooren
Van Dooren International
225 Eddington St, Boston, MA 02108
United States of America
Dear Estimable Mr Peter Van Dooren
On behalf of my Government and the people of the Independent Republic of L’Eden Sur Mer, I invite you to attend a summit of your peers.
It is my hope that your ingenuity will succeed where the world’s governments have failed.
It is my wish that you agree to attend this vital conference and my honor should you accept.
With deepest respect and admiration,
His Excellency, Mohala Koyl
Independent Republic of L’Eden Sur Mer
How can I refuse.
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Yannick Thoraval is a professional communications adviser and university lecturer.
Best known as an essayist, Thoraval has publishing widely for both academic and general audiences.
He formally studied film, philosophy and American political history, attaining a masters degree from the University of Melbourne before leaving academia to pursue commercial writing interests. He ended up working as a copywriter in marketing and communications.
Thoraval’s fiction has received critical acclaim. His first screenplay, Kleftiko, was a finalist in the International Showcase Screenwriting Awards. Judges of the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Australia, highly commended his first novel, The Current.
The novel draws from Thoraval’s personal and professional experiences of working in the Victorian State Government, particularly his work in international development with the nation of Timor-Leste.
He is a career migrant and has lived in the Netherlands, France, Cyprus, Canada and Australia. Moving internationally from a young age has left him feeling culturally stateless, despite holding three passports.
Thoraval is a quiet advocate for refugees and asylum seekers. He is a founding member of the World Writings Group, which helps refugees write about their experiences of forced migration.
He has pledged to donate 10% of the proceeds of this book to assist the settlement of refugees.
He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches professional writing and editing. He is working on his second novel.
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Praise for 'The Current'
“Ironic and slyly, bleakly humorous. The Current is a story peopled by men and women of the Renaissance who jog and contemplate their plane food and visit websites and shopping malls, who seem both exhausted by and untiringly connected to their technologies. Gently vexing and hauntingly memorable.”- Clare Allan, Writers Victoria
"The Current has all the elements of a literary mainstream novel that demands the reader think about home, traditions, family, refugees and political and commercial intervention. This is a story of belonging, of finding your fit within family and your fit within the world.”–Amanda J. Spedding, Phoenix Editing