G.D. Dess is the author of His Vision of Her, first published by Harper & Row, and recently reissued with an author forward. He has also written screenplays: an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Victory, and an adaptation JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians.
Harold Hardscrabble, his second novel, was published in 2017. He has just completed a new novel, Better. Currently he is working on a new project, A True Story You'll Never Believe Is True.
Mr Dess is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Harold Hardscrabble, by G. D. Dess, is a sympathetic novel filled with philosophical musings on the state of society and our place within it. The story captures the feelings of frustration and helplessness that many of us experience in our daily lives. These sentiments are embodied in the contemplative, quietly charming protagonist, Harold, who, like Walter Mitty, lives largely in his own world of thoughts and dreams. We follow Harold’s transformation from a dreamer to a man of action as he struggles to discover how to live a meaningful life in a materialistic world.
Harold remains resilient in the face of the many disasters and injustices that assail him along the way; but, finally overcome by despondency, he feels forced to take matters into his own hands to attain justice for all the misfortunes he has been made to suffer. The story of his quest for self-realization unfolds slowly as it builds to its ineluctable, explosive climax.
His Vision of Her2017
His Vision of Her1988