The Pearl Gym
by James Wealden
An enthralling and satirical novel which exploits modern society’s obsession with aesthetics, The Pearl Gym subtly holds a mirror to the folly of mankind’s vanity. When Bobby, an overweight, chain-smoking banker from New York, moves to Texas, he decides to do something about his poor health. He joins a local gym, hoping to get fit and lose weight, but inadvertently gets sucked into the dramatic and tumultuous lives of the gym’s staff. In spite of the back-biting, the vanity and the superficiality he sees there every day, however, there is one point of light for him, one reason he keeps going back: his personal trainer, Daniella. When the quick-talking owner and founder of the gym, Christopher, one day talks Bobby into investing his hard-earned money in the gym, Bobby gets more than he bargained for. As Christopher expands the products and services of the gym with this new capital, the trials and the tribulations of life at the gym become all the more dramatic, coming to a head in a spectacular and surprising climax that changes everyone forever.
James Wealden is a retired London City banker who has travelled extensively across the United States, both for business and for pleasure. His experience of hopping from one gym to another in the southern states during the course of a three-week-long business trip inspired him to write this, his second novel. He lives in London with his two children and continues to observe a rigorous fitness regime.