The Hunger Artist

Book Cover

DRAMA FAMILY

2000s

Jeffrey N. Johnson

Logline

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.

Genre

Drama, Family

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

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

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2014

Starting Description

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.

Ending Description

Act three finds Carl and Miriam running with the child under an Amber Alert. Carl is escaping his own life, expecting to start a new one with Miriam and the child he thought should have been his own. In the end, Miriam leaves Carl again, slipping away with her daughter into Canada.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Nudity

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

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

Logline

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.

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.


Act three finds Carl and Miriam running with the child under an Amber Alert. Carl is escaping his own life, expecting to start a new one with Miriam and the child he thought should have been his own. In the end, Miriam leaves Carl again, slipping away with her daughter into Canada.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Voyage and Return

Characters

Main Character

Name: Carl Rittenhour

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

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

Character 1

Name: Miriam Boyd

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

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

Character 2

Name: Ed Groeper

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

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

Character 3

Name: Annaliese Groeper

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming

Supplemental Materials

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