SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "Bromance" films are misleading – for the most part, men don't share their inner lives with each other. And that kind of emotional isolation has consequences, according to psychologist-turned-fiction writer Dr. Edward Dreyfus. That's the crux of his second novel, Buddies, which is not only a page-turning thriller, but also an insightful exploration of how a sexist society can distort human relationships. Buddies will be available on January 15.
Set in New York City, Buddies introduces readers to four conventional guys who have been friends since childhood: Joey, Billy, Roy and Sam. Temperatures rise when they meet Sasha, the seductive Brazilian wife of their mutual friend Raul, a Manhattan antiquities dealer. Each falls head over heels for the unattainable Sasha, who nevertheless flirts with and manipulates each of the main characters to her own purposes.
The buddies' unwillingness to be emotionally vulnerable with each other leaves them vulnerable in another way, as well as straining their friendships. In the wake of a senseless murder, each of them is pegged as a possible suspect. Their relationships with Sasha are all the circumstantial evidence police need to focus on them.
While Sasha's intentions are uncertain, she becomes a sympathetic character. Her sexual allure is her only way to feel power and control in life. From an outsider's perspective, she behaves badly, but the novel encourages readers to have more understanding. As with Dr. Dreyfus's first novel, Mickey and the Plow Horse, Buddies communicates an important message about how people sometimes make compromises as part of navigating modern life.
During his 50 years in psychological practice helping adults understand and overcome a variety of issues, Dr. Dreyfus is excited to apply that experience to fiction writing. Buddies is his second book; Mickey and the Plow Horse, a children's novel about realizing one's hidden potential, was released in late 2014.
"One is never too old to try something new," commented Dr. Dreyfus. "If you follow your passion, you never have to work a day in your life. Fiction has always held a special place in my heart; it's tremendously rewarding to now be able to share that passion with readers."
In addition to his recent fiction writing, Dr. Dreyfus has also finished three screenplays, with another currently in the works. Dr. Dreyfus's third novel, Midnight Shrink, is nearly complete.
About the Author
Dr. Edward Dreyfus is a psychologist who specializes in individual psychotherapy, relationship counseling, sex therapy, substance abuse treatment, life coaching and divorce counseling. Dr. Dreyfus serves the Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills. He is an educator as well as a psychotherapist, teaching about psychology and psychological issues, as well as being the publisher of five important books in the psychology field.
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