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How the World Works

He believes in the market. She believes in people. Will his plans destroy the community they both love?

When Ben meets Kate, worldviews collide. Ben believes in market forces. Kate believes in people, especially the members of the Green Door, the mental health rehabilitation centre she manages. She believes in Grace, who has stopped using and cut down on cutting and now chairs the Green Door’s board.

Ben is a prominent economist who has written a bestseller demystifying his field. The Australian Government has commissioned him to recommend more cost-effective ways to fund mental health services. Kate fears that Ben’s proposal to commercialise the sector will destroy the Green Door. Deciding she has to change his economist mindset, Kate entices him into the vibrant community at the centre. He begins visiting for lunch and social nights. Grace persuades him to join the Green Door’s rock band, which she fronts.

Ben makes new friends, such as Tracey, who believes that Ben, like her, lives in another reality; Jed, who must overcome his delusion that he is a terrorist before he can get a job; Raven, a cosplaying geek goth; and Vlad the Improviser, a performance poet, who enlists Ben as his accompanist.

Kate horrifies her progressive friends by starting a relationship with Ben, but can she change his mind before his recommendations destroy the Green Door?

Follow this link to read Chapter 1 of the novel.

Projected publication date: 2018

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ritamay Roberts permalink
    March 1, 2014 12:40 pm

    Looking forward to reading this, Bryce.

    • Bryce permalink*
      March 1, 2014 4:34 pm

      Hope you won’t have to wait too long – I’m writing as fast as I can.

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