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EA Luetkemeyer
My Year At The Good Bean Cafe
An unlikely and inexplicable event prompts Adrian Lomachenko to quit his high-paying job in the financial district of San Francisco and pursue a career in writing, his long-repressed true calling. Determined to write a novel that examines the nature of unlikely and inexplicable events and how they impact our lives, he relocates to the quaint artistic community of Jacksonville, Oregon, where he will seat himself daily at 6:00 am at the same table in the town’s eclectic coffee shop, the Good Bean Café, observe its patrons, engage in conversation, and with a little help from his capricious Muse, Miranda, write a story around a watershed moment in the lives of each of twelve characters, real or imagined, one for each month of the year. The challenge will be to finish each story in the month in which it was begun, and his book within a year. Does he meet his goal? And how does the exploration of unlikely and inexplicable events affect his life going forward? My Year at the Good Bean Café is a quirky work of metafiction, a story about itself and its own creation, that explores the nature of identity, the process of becoming, the imponderable intelligence of the Universe, and the magic of art in all its manifestations.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Luetkemeyer's plot is intriguing, with loosely intertwined stories that favor day-to-day happenings over the unexpected. Humor plays a central role in many of the stories, and Luetkemeyer's writing highlights the inexplicable events of everyday lives. 

Prose: The prose is easy to follow, and each story offers a distinctive narrative voice that echoes the story's sentiment and mood.  

Originality: Luetkemeyer examines common themes through a unique lens, and the stories come across as a blend of individual narratives as opposed to a collaborative whole. 

Character/Execution: Luetkemeyer offers readers a host of characters, some of whom appear across stories. One of the more colorful characters is Bennie, a " nobody" who is transformed with a new identity.


Date Submitted: April 19, 2023