The Hunger Artist

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Jeffrey N. Johnson

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High school art teacher Carl Rittenhaur is in line to inherit the family farm, but his guilt over the deaths of his parents burdens him from claiming his legacy. His life gets a jolt when his ex-fiancé, who had once pulled him from depression and later abandoned him at the altar, returns to town with her two-year-old daughter in tow. She is in the last throes of a custody battle with the girl’s father, and Carl has been mysteriously named in the hearings. Tangled in an old romance and a corrupt family court system, Carl must find where his true hunger lies, either for his birthright and all its memories, or for this new family that may be his salvation.


Drama, Family

Short Summary

Carl Rittenhaur, living in guilt over the deaths of his parents, is named in the child custody case of his ex-fiance, his true love. He becomes increasingly re-involved in her life, trying to both help her and her daughter, and rekindle the love he lost.


Virginia Piedmont, Florida, cross-country drive from Florida north to Lake Erie

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Carl Rittenhour

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Romantic, Desperate, Faithful, Perseverance, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Honorable, Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Miriam Boyd

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Charming, Complex, Desperate, Manipulative, Secretive, Seductive, Uneducated, Beautiful

Additional Character Details

Name: Ed Groeper

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Confident, Decisive, Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Annaliese Groeper

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available



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