2011 Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region
Synopses & Reviews
Fight for Your Long Day
is a day-in-the-life satire that follows the eventful unraveling and misadventures of Cyrus Duffleman — "Duffy" — a portly, down-and-out adjunct instructor who teaches at four urban universities, and then works the night shift as a campus security guard.
After a morning of student outbursts, political protests and threats of bodily harm, Duffy witnesses a tide-turning event that would bring most people's day to a halt, only he's too preoccupied to notice. With his overstuffed book bag and perversely cynical thoughts, Duffy battles corruption, staple-wielding zealots and chaos every step of the way. Until the novel's frenzied end, it's anyone's guess who will escape sane — no less alive.
Set in the postmodern age of pervasive terror, Alex Kudera's debut novel embodies the American-made irony of being overeducated, overworked and underpaid. The story pace is brisk and would appeal to fans of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, and Richard Russo’s Straight Man.
“Kudera takes you behind the stately ivy-covered walls of the typical college campus and tells it like it unfortunately is for today's faculty and students." Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, Clemson University
“Duffleman's misadventures will make you laugh out loud, shake your head in dismay, and nod in recognition on every page. I just might have to steal something from this book.” Aharon Levy, fiction writer whose stories appear online and off in journals such as The Sun and ecotone
Set in the postmodern age of pervasive terror, Alex Kudera's debut novel embodies the American-made irony of being overeducated, overworked and underpaid.
Fiction. Meet Cyrus Duffleman—"Duffy" for short—an adjunct professor who can barely afford his two-room apartment. Forget about an unfinished novel: He'd be thrilled with health insurance. Still, he gamely shuffles to four urban universities each day to teach, and works a security guard graveyard shift once a week. Cobbled together, he can almost make a living. But today, Duffy's routine isn't quite so predictable: The cryptic mumblings of a possibly psychotic student. Government protests and a bow-and-arrow assassination. Frenzied attempts to spare his sanity (and safety)—all while a female coed quietly eyes him. Part A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole), part Straight Man (Richard Russo), FIGHT FOR YOUR LONG DAY is a promising debut from a new literary talent. It will resonate with anyone who has ever known, been taught by, felt sorry for, or lived the life of an adjunct professor.
About the Author
Alex Kudera's debut novel, Fight for Your Long Day, won the 2011 Independent Publisher's Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is an original academic tragicomedy told consistently from the perspective of the adjunct instructor, and reviews and interviews can be found online at Inside Higher Ed, Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other locations. In 2012, Atticus Review is running Nathan Holic's graphic-novel interpretation of Fight for Your Long Day in monthly installments. Alex received his masters in creative writing from Temple University in Philadelphia and currently teaches writing and literature at Clemson University in South Carolina.