All This Life by Joshua Mohr

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Having read all of Mohr’s books, this is definitely my favorite, a five star read, for sure.

As someone who kept a bust of Albert Einstein on my desk in college, I was hooked by the first line of Joshua Mohr’s All This Life with its rephrasing of Einstein’s famous equation into E = mc despaired.

Mohr does a wonderful job capturing life in San Francisco.

What follows is a story that is darkly cynical, yet jauntily humorous, as well as an anthropological dissection of our lives and social media. Mohr deftly ties together the lives of seven people, each character is fully realized, from the emotionally restricted father-son pair of Paul and Jake; Noah, the go-getter and his wifty sister, Tracey; Sara, the waitress/sex tape star, and her brain-damaged ex-boyfriend, Rodney; and Rodney’s caricaturist mother, Kathleen. Their lives are irrevocably bound when Jake, a typical teenager with a penchant for technology captures a horrible event on the Golden Gate Bridge and posts it on-line. Their lives intertwine from there and come full circle in a blazing climax on the Golden Gate Bridge. Jake’s action forces us to evaluate our lives and their over-exposure on social media, whether we truly need to “share” every moment of our lives, and are we not entitled to some privacy to grieve.

Author Joshua Mohr

  OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Morning rush hour on the Golden Gate Bridge. Amidst the river of metal and glass a shocking event occurs, leaving those who witnessed it desperately looking for answers, most notably one man and his son Jake, who captured the event and uploaded it to the internet for all the world to experience. As the media swarms over the story, Jake will face the ramifications of his actions as he learns the perils of our modern disconnect between the real world and the world we create on line.

In land-locked Arizona, as the entire country learns of the event, Sara views Jake’s video just before witnessing a horrible event of her own: her boyfriend’s posting of their intimate sex tape. As word of the tape leaks out, making her an instant pariah, Sara needs to escape the small town’s persecution of her careless action. Along with Rodney, an old boyfriend injured long ago in a freak accident that destroyed his parents’ marriage, she must run faster than the internet trolls seeking to punish her for her indiscretions. Sara and Rodney will reunite with his estranged mother, Kat, now in danger from a new man in her life who may not be who he – or his online profiles – claim to be, a dangerous avatar in human form.

With a wide cast of characters and an exciting pace that mimics the speed of our modern, all-too-connected lives, All This Life examines the dangerous intersection of reality and the imaginary, where coding and technology seek to highlight and augment our already flawed human connections. Using his trademark talent for creating memorable characters, with a deep insight into language and how it can be twisted to alter reality, Joshua Mohr returns with his most contemporary and insightful novel yet.