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Jim Hines is a brilliant young stockbroker who bets every penny of his clients’ money on an infallible hunch that the market will rebound on October 29, 1929, after the disastrous crash of October 28, “Black Monday.” His hunch is wrong. He and his clients lose everything that day, which becomes known as “Black Tuesday.” In a daze of despair, Jim goes up to the roof of his office building and jumps.
Instead of plummeting to the sidewalk, he wakes up in a parallel universe version of his city, where no one knows anything about the stock market crash or who he is. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Jim goes out and makes a new life for himself. In a few short years, he uses charisma and cunning to lead this new city to wealth and greatness. But, even with his astonishing success, something is missing. Jim is alone.
Jim’s adventure is a crucial part of A Universe Less Traveled (Book 1 of Intersecting Worlds). In the Be My Queen novella, he reconnects with the love of his life and sets in motion a chain of events that ripples through decades.