Skyscraper of a Man
Pete Dalton has a dream of becoming a writer. Ben, Tyler, and Danny—three freshmen he develops close relationships with—have dreams, too. Yet, out of his promising college buddies, the one who has the most influence on Pete’s future is Ben Matthews. Ben proposes to Pete the creation of a Student Center. The dynamic duo change the course of history at The Signal—the school’s paper primarily dominated by upper classmen—when their article goes to print, Pete is nominated as the new editor, and Ben’s vision comes to fruition. Pete and Ben never graduate during their appointed time, because Ben starts Cavanaugh Weekly and chooses Pete as editor. Twelve years later, Pete wonders what will become of the community-based business when Ben runs for town mayor. How things unfold for Ben, as well as Tyler and Danny, is not quite what Pete expects. This is his story.
Bowe pens a poignant tale that, as he puts it, “is a truly American story.” Bowe’s first-person narrative relays the unremarkable lives of four baby boomers (with large emphasis on Ben) whose futures have been shaped by trials, triumphs, and choices (between scruples and the subtle yet slippery slope of compromise). Beginning with a brief moment in the 1990s, before delving in the 1970s, Bowe fashions a fictional, yet realistic, setting with a well-defined cast that mimics American life during those time periods. Unique to Bowe’s plot is how he parallels the growth of the foursome to the evolution of skyscrapers. Bowe opens chapters with factual and developmental snippets on these powerful edifices as the story chronicles the maturation of Pete, Ben, Tyler, and Danny. A balanced combination of fact, fiction, engaging dialogue, and a flurry of twists and turns, Skyscraper of a Man is a stunning and inimitable debut with Silver Screen potential.