So the maelstrom of commentary about my upcoming release Nobody Has To Know
has already begun. The first chapter of the book was released free less than 24 hours ago and to say that I am incredulous regarding some of the
responses I have received is an understatement -- more like utterly amazed -- at just how self-absorbed and narcissistic some folks are - not to mention how
incapable many people are at accepting the concept of fiction.
The simple fact that something is put in print does not automatically render it true. And while there will always exist similarities between fictional
events and those which actually transpired, many times authors will use fictional
frameworks as a vehicle to express larger thoughts and observations about the human condition that while disturbing, need to be and should be explored.
Tim O’Brien, award winning author and in my estimation literary genius, grapples
with this very concept in his celebrated work The Things They Carried. O’Brien explores in great detail the difference between what is true -- that is, what
actually occurred -- and what is a truth -- an
abstract concept that conveys a thought or reality of what could happen in a given circumstance. The two concepts are not necessarily interchangeable.
Since at the core of certain concepts and behaviors there exists a universality, somewhere out there, there will also exist an individual or two
who has experienced something similar to what an author may describe. That does not mean that the author has replicated that particular event or has “borrowed” from a particular individual’s life -- it simply underscores the point that what has been written is indeed a universal truth worthy of
It is nothing more.
Nobody Has To Know is a work of fiction -one that casts a sobering spotlight on the damaged psyches of several characters and their struggle to navigate
the tumultuous waters that result from certain decisions they make.
If one looks at the novel objectively and consider all facets of the story, it is easy to see that taboo which is revealed is simply one part of a larger
tale, one that does not celebrate such indiscretion but rather condemns it and offers a fictional suggestion of what could happen when there exists a confluence of factors that happen to line up in a certain way.
I am looking forward to receiving continued feedback after the second free chapter is made available and of course once the book is officially released on October 16th.
Read the first chapter of my new mystery/thriller NOBODY HAS TO KNOW & watch the book trailer here: http://www.franknappi.com/index.html