Caroline’s love life was a mess. She recently started dating Chase, but Jahlil has always been someone she felt so comfortable with, so happy with. It feels like its Jahlil. It’s always felt like Jahlil. So she informs her closest friends, Alisa and Jenny, of her new action oriented plan for her love life– slowly create a situation where Jahlil is overcome with jealousy, boiling over when he sees her in the arms of another man at Alisa’s upcoming Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving dinner.
She thought it was a foolproof plan.
But if her plan had worked out so swimmingly, so easily, so drama-free, no one would have bothered to write you this story.
No not at all.
As Caroline runs her game on Chase to evoke the emotions of Jahlil, she begins to fall in love with Chase, who is now keeping a monumental secret with Jahlil.
The closer Caroline gets with both, the deeper their secret gets.
As the bourgeoning love triangle careens from planned provocation to hilarious but unspeakable disaster, everyone involved has to reckon with some fundamental question about their lives, friendships and relationships.
Can her plan actually work? Can you trick someone into finding happiness? Can you lie your way to the truth? Can you have fulfilling sex in an overstuffed coat closet?
All essential questions.
With answers mere pages away.
What do you get when you take a small Caribbean kid, transport him to a complicated and vibrant environment in the middle of Brooklyn, let him work in national politics in the U.S. Congress for a few years and then encourage him to write a book that’s reflective of the messy, funny and dramatic relationships he’s observed his entire life?
Well you get S.A. Sebastian and you get Sombristic.
As his first novel, Sombristic is a foray into the world of humorous but complicated romantic relationships and what happens when we play emotional games with those we love. But it’s also a reflection of the relationship dynamics Sebastian saw and observed growing up, from the always difficult relationship between his parents to the romantic struggles of older friends and relatives.
How does it work? How is it supposed to work? The question always stuck.
So he’s been discussing it, writing it and imagining it in different ways ever since.
Building on his experience doing stand-up comedy and writing a comedic pilot for a TV sitcom, Sombristic is Sebastian‘s first attempt to give voice to what he views as the new ground rules for dating in the millennial age and how that forces us to adapt to the games being played all around us.
After 10 years of applying his abilities to working on positive change in D.C., he now lives in Los Angeles, California as he pursues a writing and communications career.