One day something snaps inside Arthur Gibson, a burnt out forty year old manager tired by his rat race office life, and within one hour he sells everything he owns, flies to the sea, buys a sailboat and drives to the horizon, planning on never coming back.
Of course this noble attempt to set himself free goes terribly wrong as the corporate environment didn’t exactly prepare Arthur well for an off the grid sailor’s life. So however free and independent he now feels, soon his biggest problem is how to survive.
His escape becomes an international media sensation thanks to Alice Garbo, an ambitious journalist who makes Arthur and herself famous to boost her career. Millions admire his courage to ‘stick it to the man’, millions call him a coward. Soon, Alice toys with Arthur’s destiny as she pleases, moves him like a chess piece to make his story appealing to the audience. He becomes a wanted felon pursued by Interpol and so he finds himself almost dying on a boat he can’t drive, being chased by police for something he didn’t do and haunted by a media alter ego that has a life of its own. Arthur has bitten off more than he can chew.
Arthur’s Choice talks about taking a scary leap of faith when finding one’s personal fulfillment without conforming to where society tells you a true happiness is. In today’s fast paced, performance oriented first world, this book offers the answer to the question ‘what if I just said enough?’ The story is for adults struggling to find meaning or joy in mundane unfulfilling jobs, those tired by the contemporary speed of life.
Matej Stepan is a film director who turned his debut feature’s story into a novel.