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The Writers Afterlife

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Richard Vetere is a playwright, novelist, poet, screenwriter, TV writer, and actor. He holds a master's degree from Columbia University and teaches a master screenwriting class at NYU and Queens College. He lives in New York City.


"In this utterly unique story, novelist Vetere unfolds a caper of inter-dimensional scope. The scenes taking place in the afterlife are written with classic magic-realist gusto; those taking place on earth will have readers rooting for Chillo's success."—Publishers Weekly "THE WRITERS AFTERLIFE is a remarkable commentary on the state of literature in the mind of a writer, reminding us that literature is made out of other literature, and that every writer is, in many ways, in some type of competition with all the other writers who ever existed for an audience. He does all this in prose that's lean, direct, and keeps the wheels of plot turning to a surprising finale." —Fred Gardaphe, Distinguished Professor of English, Queens College, CUNY "Richard Vetere has created a marvelous tale invested with both humor and sobriety in the character of Tom Chillo and his ever-unwinding journey toward "eternity." Vetere's THE WRITERS AFTERLIFE is a literary tale in every sense of the word, a wonderful story of perseverance and taking control of one's own fate that hold's the reader at bay from page to page." —Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute "THE WRITERS AFTERLIFE is an original, hilarious and poignant tale of second chances, the role of fate plays in our lives and the triumph of the creative spirit. Richard Vetere is a great storyteller who moves effortlessly between the genres of theater, television, film and novels. His versatility is on display here as he takes us to the world beyond and back again as Tom Chillo realizes his dreams and earns his salvation. Bravo!" —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife and Cooking With My Sisters "When Richard Vetere writes about a writer's life, he knows what he's talking about. His character Tom Chillo a playwright, film writer, novelist and consummate New Yorker, has dedicated his life to becoming one of the greats but dies prematurely and learns that he will not spend eternity with the Eternals. So what happens in the Afterlife? Tom falls in loves, suffers anxiety and does all he can to get back to life and change his fate. If this isn't a movie it is definitely a TV series!" —Dan Lauria, star of television's The Wonder Years and Broadway's Lombardi "Vetere demonstrates the ability to mix the poetic with the colloquial." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "[Richard] Vetere is a man with a writer's soul!" —Israel Horowitz, Newsday "In Mr. Vetere's work, imagery and metaphor blend, often brilliantly, imparting beautiful word pictures." —Lewis Colka, The Village Voice

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