Potlatch: A Comedy

It’s all part of the Potlatch...

Have you ever wondered why life seems so complicated, so exhausting, so fattening, and yet so pointless and idiotic? It’s all part of the Potlatch.

To Alice Coggins, the 24-year-old daughter of a South Philadelphia scam artist, everything looks like a racket: endless serflike internships, student loans that can never be repaid, high-minded charities run by swindlers for the benefit of rich donors. Things only get worse when she meets Andrew Ogleby, a scion of blue-bloods who is engaged to a bulimic pet-food heiress he can’t bring himself to marry.

As their Cinderella romance unfolds, Alice and Andrew must battle their families, the mob, and most of all the ubiquitous “Potlatch”: a vast conspiracy of conspicuous waste directed by the powers that be to keep the populace — and especially the young people — from even thinking about doing anything useful.

“Get ready for a hilarious ride in Potlatch… One of the most amusing reads ever to be published.” — Lisa McCombs for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews.

“Exceptionally well written, funny, ironic, and with a touch of being iconoclastic in attitude and insight, Bruce Hartman’s “Potlatch” is an original and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover.” — Midwest Book Review

Swallow Tail Press (2017)

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