A cutting satire concerning the death spiral of the white, male identity.
With his divorce nearly finalized, the surprise success of his freshman book on the wane, and his ill-advised affair with grad student Lara Kitts put to bed, Dr. Barker Samuel Stone is on the precipice of a cozy tenure-track existence. All in all, none too shabby for a straight, aware, upper-middle-class white dude, amirite?
Then an enigmatic e-mail sends Barker's life spiralling along an unanticipated trajectory. Summoned to a late-night confab at the campaign office of controversial mayoral candidate Baz Randell - folk hero to some, populist blowhard to everyone else - Barker is looped in on an epic, career-ending scandal.
In the midst of mounting chaos, Barker is informed that an anonymous complainant has levied a claim of sexual misconduct against him. Given the university's embarrassing record of botching cases of misconduct, Barker is advised that the administration is looking to bring the hammer down on someone - anyone - hard.
In his whole life, Barker has never before felt so much like a nail.
About this Author
Jason Patrick Rothery is a freelance writer, theatre artist, and lapsed academic. He has a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and was teh resident playwright for the Soulpepper Academy in Toronto. Privilege is his first novel.
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