First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui is a new 'contemporary literary fiction,' novel by Dominic Peloso. That basically means that it's not sci-fi or fantasy or romance, or any genre like that. The novel is a thoughtful account of the era of terrorism that doesn't resort to sensationalism, jingoism, or patriotism. First World Problems focuses on the era around 9/11, but the book itself isn't about the attack. The book is about bystanders. While most books focused on a major historical event like this involve actual participants in the event themselves, this doesn't represent the typical experience of most people. Most people experienced 9/11 as just something they saw on tv, or were only affected by the slight inconvenience of a traffic jam. It was traumatic sure, but it wasn't a personal trauma. This book is for people like that: non-participants who feel that they should be doing something, but have no idea what to do except watch the world on tv.

Here's what the publisher says about it:

First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui

First World Problems tells the existential struggles of a gen-x would-be revolutionary/terrorist who is frustrated that he can't find a greater purpose or a cause worth fighting for. Set in DC between the WTO protests in 2000 and the attacks of 9/11, the protagonist- a disaffected, unreliable narrator who is irritated and bewildered with the world and the attitudes of those around him, wanders aimlessly through his interactions with coworkers, friends, and his girlfriend, all of whom seem to care about him but don't understand him. He lashes out in a passive-aggressive way by maintaining a blog filled with tips "terrorists and anarchists" can use in their attacks, but the blog receives few hits or feedback, no matter how incendiary the posts. He attends the WTO demonstration hoping to experience a riot, but is disappointed at how artificial and tame political protests have become in the new millennium. He dreams of a major attack, just to shake up the status quo. But when 9/11 unfolds he is forced to reassess his goals and what is important in his life.

$14.95 retail. 278 pages, 8.5"x5.5", trade paperback
Published by Dark Mountain Books
Physical ISBN: 978-1-931468-31-2, electronic ISBN: 978-1-931468-80-0

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First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui is Dominic Peloso's third novel, but you can read my first two novels too if you'd like:

His first novel is called City of Pillars and it's a sort of conspiracy-laden adventure novel. It's a cautionary tale of obsession and the Men in Black. I like to tell people that it's a cross between Fight Club and DaVinci Code, or maybe its like if Cormac McCarthy tried to write an episode of the X-Files.

If you are more interested in City of Pillars, and you can read more about it and download a free copy of that book HERE.

Unlike City of Pillars, Dominic's second novel, Adopted Son, is an uplifting world-spanning story about babies... alien babies! How cute is that?!? Darn cute, that's for sure. It is also about farming, bioterrorism, the civil rights movement, and third world revolutions. Although nominally a story of alien invasion based on Roswell Incident and the stories of 'abductees', it touches on a lot of today's social and political topics including; racism, terrorism, xenophobia, war, the intelligence community, bio-warfare, love, peace, family, genetic engineering, militarism, government bureaucracy, and what it means to be human.

That novel is called Adopted Son, and you can read more about it and download a free copy of that book HERE.