Ridiculously Low-Key Adventuring:
A Dirtbag Handbook and A Midlife Memoir
By Tony Piff
My book is an intelligent, offbeat 80,000-word memoir about discovering a new life chapter of adventuring in middle age.
The narrative follows how my ex-wife and I scramble to hold our family together after divorce, choosing to co-parent our kids under one roof and even becoming business partners. Our story unfolds with twists and turns and cliffhangers (like when I have to secretly live in a storage unit), but it’s the private pains, unthinkable truths, and visceral emotions of two flawed, incompatible humans trying their best that will make readers care.
The adventuring stories at the heart of the book center around the subculture of BMX freestyle bikes. I illustrate what a niche teenage hobby looks like when taken to the level of a lifelong adventuring passion: roadtripping with adult friends, retrieving stolen bikes, hopping fences in broad daylight, midnight encounters with strangers in the woods, picnicking in the Wal-Mart parking lot… Readers have never seen this world before, but the themes and spirit of adventure will be universal and inspiring. I argue that the popular image of adventure is unnecessarily grandiose and intimidating. Adventure can in fact be ridiculously low-key, and middle age is when it starts getting good!
My completed manuscript sits at 30 chapters. I've begun the slow process of pitching to agents, and inquiries are of course welcome. If you'd like to read and share feedback, I'm happy to mail you a printout. Contact me at tonypiff(at)gmail(dot)com.