‘Zero/Party’ by Tom Leveen
April 28, 2013
Zero is a nickname that the main character, Amanda Welsh, half-heartedly embraces.
Welsh, a discouraged artist whose life seems to be resulting in failure on every front finds support from the most unlikely sources.
After having a falling out with her best friend, realizing she has no money to pay for college and listening to her parents constantly bicker, she finds love with an indie-punk musician.
“Party” is actually a combination of short stories that Leveen was working on all at the same time.
He was developing each character and each story, but he wasn’t quite sure where to take them all.
While on his honeymoon in California, Leveen got the idea for the character “Beckett.” He had his wife scribble down a brief description of her while they were driving through Santa Barbara.
It eventually occurred to him that he should combine all the short stories into one novel.
“Party” contains eleven characters, one for each chapter; each tells his or her story.
The characters intersect in ways neither the characters or reader sees coming.
“Party” dives into the issues of racism, sex, friendship, dating, loss and parents.
Leveen says on his website that it is a great book for anyone to read, especially if they have ever felt betrayed by a friend or been treated unfairly.