Johan Nivens is an aspiring young filmmaker who has fallen deep into the Abyss following a turbulent break-up in Los Angeles. An inner well of despair which he seeks refuge from by moving back east to live with his father, only to find himself caught in a vicious cycle of boozing at the local pub where he ignites a fiery affair with a mysterious woman.
Despite the sparks, Johan is haunted by his abandoned dreams and decides that it’s time to hit the road and seek concrete answers for his turmoil in an ultimate journey of self-discovery. From Hollywood to the high peaks of Colorado, across the Atlantic to the City of Light, his adventure is narrated with humorous anecdotes and wholehearted introspection.
Inspired by author Steve Nahaj’s own wanderings, “Welcome to the Abyss” is a tale of perseverance amid existential crisis.
“I really enjoyed the novel’s rhythmic, poetic, and vivid style. I felt as if I were part of the book myself, part of the author’s travels and soul-searching.” – Susanne L.
“Written in a brash, eager style that doesn’t let go of any metaphor it snatches, no matter where it’s been.” – René G. (full review here)
“The author has his own perfect way of describing feelings and experiences that make the reader think ‘Yes, that’s exactly how it is’.” – Sarah V.
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