Decò is a satirical novel about life in contemporary America, specifically Miami. It follows the central character, Decò, a young, naïve, writer armed with an American sense of entitlement which is supposed to guarantee him fame and riches, not always achieved through hard work. The over-the-top novel follows the protagonist’s misadventures as he mixes with an assortment of bizarre Miamians and movements. Decò is a modern take on Voltaire’s classic satire Candide. As in Candide, the plot is fantastical and picaresque, with characters exiting and returning, chapters are short and almost blog-like, and while Voltaire commented on philosophical optimism, Decò sharply explores the tensions between American exceptionalism and American entitlement. At the end of the fast paced book, our Decò eventually learns to succeed in modern America, you need to work hard because you are entitled to nothing. This site features the first seven chapters. If you’d like to read the rest, order a copy here. Or send me a message and I’ll e-mail you a free .pdf version. … Check out “Inside the Writer’s Studio” for some behind the scenes context.