I DIGRESS is a story of a bicycle messenger/poet who is experiencing a quarter-life crisis in the form of a career decision. Throughout his meandering narration, he receives advice that pushes him one way and then another until he finally faces his deadline for making his decision. Adding humor and texture to the story, the narrator interacts with an eccentric street preacher, a homeless man with sage advice, a tai-chi-leading grandma, an overbearing boss, a girl in the park, and a slew of other quirky characters that are quick to share their two cents. Intermingled throughout the story are also puns, poems, and late 90s references. Being set in early days of cell phones and the dot-com boom, I Digress is a subtle reminder of the joys of conversation and face-to-face interactions, of the wonders of nature, of the peace of mind that comes from quiet contemplation, and of the idea that we do not need to escape ourselves or our surroundings to find meaningful enjoyment.
B. A. Hudson
Praise for I Digress
I Digress belongs in Oprah’s Book Club! Does anyone have her email?”
– the author
“I read this book on my iPhone.”
– a person born in 1999
“Hudson’s writing strikes the perfect balance between James Joyce and Jim Gaffigan.”
– a literary critic
“He’s no Dr. Suess.”
– the author’s daughter
“It’s sweet, and I love it, and it’s the best story ever.”
– the author’s wife
“Check out my book, Saras in Exile.”
– the author’s brother, Robert K. Hudson
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