BOOKS: The Road Not Taken

Grab your Absinthe and fly through Space/Time with Deborah, the warrior priestess of Greenwich Village. Hobnob with Egypt’s god Osiris, Vincent van Gogh, and the wild women of Weimar Germany. Change the world—it needs it!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Road Not Taken, a novel by Susan Rubin
Harvard Square Editions (September 4, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1-941861-68-4
290 pages, 5×8
Trade Paperback ($19.50) and e-book formats available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Amazon, and bookstores everywhere.

Publisher Contact: Sarah Harris sharris@harvardsquareeds.org
Publicist Contact: Deborah Brosseau db@deborahbrosseau.com

“The compelling story, told with effortless grace, of a suburban woman driven to become a warrior, a hero, a priestess.”Ms. Magazine

The Road Not Taken by Susan Rubin is a unique work of magical realism, filled with fantastic imagery, irony, and amazing ideas. The Road Not Taken sits next to Isabelle Allende and Neil Gaiman on my reading table. If you want to take a unique journey, filled with humor, fantastic imagery, ideas and irony, grab a copy.” — Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya

On September 4, Los Angeles writer and filmmaker Susan Rubin will release her debut novel—a trippy fantasy that uses time travel to explore the inner drives of a woman in midlife. The Road Not Taken is the debut novel by the award-winning playwright and documentarian. Sensual, funny, and magical, The Road Not Taken is filled with real life, historical, and mythological characters.

Rubin’s writing talents range broad and deep: her Funny or Die sketches have survived to amuse readers for nearly a decade. In contrast, Rubin has written over two dozen documentaries that deal in the unfunny issues facing women worldwide: Domestic Violence, Forced Child Marriage, Untested Rape kits accumulating in police evidence rooms by the tens of thousands. In each documentary, Rubin has used her skill, empathy, and compassion to render these darkest of topics into accessible films distributed to tens of thousands of college classrooms, to educate young people about the gravity of the situation for women in the USA and worldwide.

As a playwright, Rubin has been the recipient of 20 years of Los Angeles County Arts Commission Grants and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grants. She also was honored with a six-year residency at the prestigious Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her plays have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, and at every major 99 seat theatre in Los Angeles including co-productions with Bootleg Theatre, Circle X, Skylight Theatre to name a few. She is the recipient of Garland, Ovation and LA Weekly Awards for her plays and the critical response has been exceptional.

Now, Rubin has turned her attention to writing a novel—and in The Road Not Taken, she has created a magical realist view of the universe as seen through the eyes of a housewife who is widowed at 50 and must suddenly find a life. Widowed suddenly, Deborah is left with money but no direction to her life. Shedding her years in suburbia, she moves back to the West Village where she grew up.

When she meets a woman who appears to be her identical twin, Deborah discovers the Lost: a group of 100 fully-formed people who were dropped off on Earth as it cooled down and who have lived on the planet as it developed. The Lost show her the myriad dimensions of Spacetime, taking her to ancient Egypt, Weimar Germany, and planets without inhabitants. They reunite her with deceased loved ones. She forms relationships with an Egyptian god and a world famous artist with whom she lives new truths. But it is through her meeting up with a Nigerian Priestess that she learns who she needs to be to walk the road not taken.

The Road Not Taken offers any reader an exhilarating ride around the Cosmos, culminating in a final appearance before the Lost, where our heroine examines the human soul, cruelty, and mortality as her response to whether or not Earth qualifies as a planet worth the energy it takes up in our Universe.