By Josh Greenfield
Genre: Adventure, Young Adult
Jordan Fineman needs a break. His second year of college has almost done him in. His solution is to take off for a summer of work and adventure in Alaska. All the while mental illness is setting in. A summer to remember. A tale to grow on.
The story begins with Jordan alone in the great research library of Cornell University dreaming about traveling to far off places. Call it craziness, but that is exactly what he does. Without any guarantee of employment, he boards a plane for Anchorage, Alaska and spends the next eight weeks on his own, working hard, making money, meeting fellow travelers from all around the world, and seeing some of the country’s finest scenery.
Had this been all, it would have been a summer to remember. His adventures however, are undertaken with a shadow cast from far above. Jordan Fineman is both bi-polar and a severe obsessive compulsive. In two years’ time, he will become incapacitated. The story is written with that knowledge in mind.
As it stands however, Full of Wonderment: a novel, is an adventure story that lays out the possibility of spending a college summer without an eye on the professional resume - a summer for personal growth, alternative education and fun.
Full of Wonderment is an interesting novel. The subject matter is new and unique, especially Jordan's journey throughout this book. Mr. Greenfield portrays a different level of emotion in this book and it really connects the reader to Jordan. At times, Full of Wonderment did feel slow and was hard to push through, but it was worth it because I enjoyed Full of Wonderment a lot. I loved seeing Jordan grow and develop even though he was experiencing the struggles of his illness. It was fascinating and drew me in. Overall I give Full of Wonderment four stars.
Josh Greenfield is a graduate of both Phillips Andover Academy and Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. He holds two masters degrees from the City University of New York, one in History and one in English Literature. He also completed the better part of a doctorate in English at Fordham University. His desire in writing is to tell an entertaining and engaging story, to look for laughs in dark places.
He is the author of a prior novella, “Homeward Bound: a novella of idle speculation,” also published by Lulu. His work has been featured in The Cornell Daily Sun, The Riverdale Press, Appalachia, and Word Catalyst Magazine. He appears regularly at comedy club open-mic’s.