The Inspiration Behind Slow Down
By Lee Matthew Goldberg
Slow Down is being reissued with a new publisher so it was written a long time ago. I’d been fired from my first job after college at a production company that was quite abusive, and I put that into the
After finishing, I sent the book out to agents but it really wasn’t ready. So I stuck it in a draw and wrote a different book that landed my agent. We tried sending Slow Down out, but editors found the main character too “mean and unsympathetic”. It wasn’t until we found an indie publisher that liked the book for that very reason. It was exciting to have Slow Down be my debut and now three novels later, it’s even more exciting for it to be re-released and find a whole new audience.
The theme of the novel is that the characters are moving at too fast a pace and will have to slow down to save their lives. They exist in a wealthy, Hollywood bubble that rewards them for their bad behavior. But the novel is a love story too between the two main characters, Noah and Nevie. To be together they must give up all the glitz and fame and escape to a place where they can just live simply. The question is, Do they make it out alive?
About the Book
Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.
Here’s what readers are saying about Slow Down!“Slow Down is a frenetic first novel…full of unedifying characters scrambling for the elusive, perhaps imaginary, brass ring.”
“Lee Matthew Goldberg writes like a young Bret Easton Ellis doing a line of uncut Denis Johnson off the back of a public urinal. Memorable in the best possible way, also mostly illegal, Goldberg’s Slow Down is a mad man’s tour of Manhattan’s vices, follies, and ultimate betrayals.”
–Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and Sometimes the Wolf
“What would happen if one of Raymond Chandler’s 1940’s femme fatales were to join forces with one of Jay McInerney’s enfant terribles? Lee Matthew Goldberg wrings every delectable trope imaginable out of this mashup while still managing a fresh spin. A writer to watch out for.”
–David Kukoff, author of Children of the Canyon
“Slow Down starts fast and gets faster quick, gunning through yellow streetlights on its way to a full collision with your shattered soul. Lee Matthew Goldberg takes on the American Zeitgeist in this stunning debut.”
–Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat
“Slow Down is a brilliant rush of a work charting the rise and fall of Noah and other pretentious losers. Savor this book.”
“Dark and hard-boiled writing that grabs you by the throat. Slow Down is one of those rare novels that’s so good you want it to go on forever!”
–Nick Pengelley, author of Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel
“The plot takes off…there’s no denying it’s fun to watch rich snots destroy themselves.”
“Goldberg’s portrayal of the New York demimonde is one of the book’s strengths and brings to mind Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero. He also succeeds in marshalling a complicated plot.”
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About the Author
WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:Website: http://www.leematthewgoldberg.com