New Novel Explores Fair Housing & Municipal Government

Dear Upstate readers,

Please accept this notice of publication for the following adult literary fiction novel:

Lack of Appeal
Nick Valenzuela

Lack of Appeal, the barely-fictionalized autobiographical account of two as-they-happen days in the life of a municipal government civil rights complaint investigator, has debuted on Amazon in the US, Canada, Spain, & Japan; and, electronically via Kindle! The work was published with a soft release in April 2018 in honor of National Fair Housing Month. The novel moves moment-by-moment through one long Monday of housing discrimination Complainant and Respondent interviews, public presentation, complaint intake duty, and epic community meetings; then, in climax, one vigorous Friday attempt to take on, very publicly, perceived mayoral administration apathy towards systemic dysfunction of civil rights law enforcement needed for the public. Chapters detail contemporary, unique, and accessible takes on forms of sexual harassment, race, religion, national origin, families with minor children, and disability, modeled after real-life discrimination case examples. The public service sector, the non-profit sector, and the central individual are all challenged with the nature of what many readily-accepted views of "civil rights" are, aren't, and may-be. And, the main character's potential autobiographical bias in comparison and contrast with his own profession as he tries to represent civility.

Self-absorbed, personal memoir; objective (and objectified) expose on some civil rights, and "civil rights;" a descent into madness; and, with some lighter, humorous, and human touches along the way, this is a defining civil rights novel for the 21st Century.

Please let me know if there are any questions I may answer; or, if you would like any additional information, such as a detailed chapter outline, resume, or photographs. I'm eager to promote this work, including by tour and in-person discussion, locally, nationally, and internationally; it has some new things for any reader due the variety of controversial issues involved but with a public accessibility (even beyond an inherent audience of academic institutions, such as law schools and social welfare programs).

Thank you for your interested consideration!

Nick Valenzuela
Author, Lack of Appeal


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