Decò is a satirical novel about life in contemporary 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. This site features the first seven chapters. If you’d like to read the rest, support a local artist and order a copy here. We’ll mail it to you. And there’s also Kindle. . Over time, we’ll release more chapters in blog form. For now, enjoy the content, and check out “Inside the Writer’s Studio” for some behind the scenes context.