“The New Thing” finally has an official title!

…and a (semi)sweet-ass plot synopsis to go with it! Here it is in a roughly sketched form, below:

HUMAN SERVICES is a novel about people. Flawed people. Damaged people. More specifically, it’s a novel about flawed and damaged people desperately trying to help other flawed and damaged people. Problems arise when the unnamed Midwestern state’s government decides to privatize its Department of Health and Human Services, giving lead contracts to large, out-of-state corporate entities.

Rumors of imminent bankruptcy now facing the Furlong & Associates Agency begin to run rampant. Human service workers begin jumping ship. Supervisors weigh employment options against an inevitable economic recession. Everyone involved with The Agency is on pins and needles.

The ultimate success or failure depends on the business savvy of the Furlong & Associates upper management and their employees coming together as a team—as a family, even—putting aside petty personal rivalries for the future survival of The Agency.

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