The (In)Elegant Struggle of Breaking Paradigms

Populated by a cast of zany characters, including an embezzling minister, a vegan bully and a wannabe musician, this novel follows main character Toni Kelly as she tries to navigate a thicket of crazy living situations in Orange County, CA.


This novel is the sequel to Diary of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Self Expression.

Like the first novel, it’s set against the backdrop of OC and features several of the diverse and beautiful places here.



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D Helene

D. Helene is a journalist, author and yoga teacher. She did an investigative series on the squeezing of the middle class and then started feeling squeezed herself, when during the recession she lost her full-time writing job and had to cobble together several part-time jobs. As a writer, she started writing down several fictional, humorous anecdotes about what it’s like to live as one of the 99%, (those of us who work for a living)… never imagining that someday they would be woven together in her first novel. She gathered these fictional anecdotes while she was writing her first book, a non-fiction biography. Once that was published, she was inspired to string these anecdotes together into this novel, Diary of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression, which details a year in the lives of a fictional couple living in Orange County, trying to make ends meet during the recession.

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