Bruce Stevens is a young buyer for a big discount house when he meets the recently divorced Susan Faine. She suggests that he might like to manage her ailing typewriter store and he leaps at the suggestion. Then he realizes that Susan was his teacher when he was in fifth grade. In spite of that, they are married within days. And then the odd compulsions and instabilities start to interfere with their plans. Milton Lumky, the paper salesman in whose area they live, is uneasy about their future ...
Adventurous publishers dig deep for forgotten texts.In Milton Lumky TerritoryPhilip K. Dick. Tor, (224p) First published in 1985 by a small press, this realist (read: not sci-fi) early novel from dystopian master Dick (1928 1982) bears the following introductory author s note: This is actually a very funny book, and a good one, too, in that the funny things that happen happen to real people who come alive. The ending is a happy one. What more can an author say? What more can he give? To which one answers indeed, and quickly turns to the adventures of protagonist Bruce Stevens as he drives into the Pacific Northwest the sales territory of a Willy Lomanesque man named Milton Lumky looking for wholesale typewriters.