Hello, Rest of My Life
When Danny Maytree, an ambitious young 1970s film actor, met Samantha on a blind date and fell in love, he decided he no longer cared about Tinseltown stardom. He still acted sometimes, but he became a writer too.
Now married and in their seventies, they find a dog whose faded tag has the name “Tali” and a Beverly Hills phone prefix from fifty years earlier.
Writing a time travel novel in 2021, Danny gets a call from a mysterious, velvet-voiced acting agent. He has a meeting tomorrow.
Now, Danny is in Beverly Hills—not at the meeting, but in the elegant home where he lived in 1974, forty-seven years ago. He is twenty-seven again, bewildered, but with a second chance at his Hollywood dream.
He doesn’t want it, because Sam is not in this world.
Unhappy in his new “now,” he realizes his journey back to “Kansas” hinges on the magic of film. A sharkish agent helps him navigate Hollywood’s rocky shoals. A worldly-wise teen and a New Age fortune-teller offer spiritual advice. And a sexy wicked witch throws a monkey wrench in his path.
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“Hello, Rest of My Life is both a time travel journey and a self-inspection that centers around Danny Maytree’s extraordinary experiences as he relives his past before he met his wife Samantha.
The proof of superior writing lies in the little details as much as the story’s overall premise. Rick Lenz incorporates astute contrasts between past experience and modern knowledge to give the account a fine atmosphere of discovery: “I go upstairs to my office to do some writing. I’m not sure what, but I’ve got to do something. I sit down at my old… Look at that. I didn’t think about it before: a Smith Corona typewriter. I don’t know if that company has gone out of business in the time I come from or not, but wouldn’t working for them be a little like having a job with the Bubonic typewriter company? I think of the millions of people who will be affected by COVID-19. I consider saying something about the future pandemic, but I can’t imagine what exactly I’d say.”
… Readers of time travel stories are in for a special treat, because “Hello, Rest of My Life” isn’t your usual saga of becoming stuck in the past and searching for the way home. Its special blend of philosophical and moral dilemmas, flavored with humor and a heavy dash of romance, sets it apart from other, more singular accounts. The events give readers plenty of thought-provoking moments as Danny reaches for truths in the past, that he never allowed himself to consider in his former life with Sam.”
– Diane Donovan, Editor, Midwest Review of Books
“Hello, Rest of My Life is an emotionally gutting, beautifully written, passionate story of second chances with a twisty time-travel plot that will blow your mind while mending your heart.”
— USAT best-selling author, Pamela Crane
“… his prose approaches poetry on nearly every page … So we now know that Rick Lenz can likely enter any realm of storytelling and succeed.”
— San Francisco Review of Books