John Sandman

Selected Works

Fiction
The student loan Kay Pigeon’s daughter Leenie got to attend film school in LA was supposed to make her life sublime. Instead it condemned her to debt after she graduated into the 2008 recession and a job in the food service industry.


Leenie’s loan, which Kay co-signed, plus the Wall Street trade paper she writes for are making her life miserable. That paper, SIN, is collapsing as Kay struggles with journalism’s transition from print to the internet at the start of the decade.


While Leenie is on the west coast waiting on tables, the phone in Kay’s New York apartment constantly rings with calls from the loan servicer in Pennsylvania, most often from call center rep Doris Morris. The payments, which Kay is responsible for, are being applied to the wrong loan. Kay gets no help from the peevish Doris, until she wants to dish about the corruption at the loan servicer. It’s Kay’s opportunity to write an expose—which may lead to another job—while getting to the bottom of her own problem.


Debt Collectors In Lovetakes a trip through Millennial debt, casino gambling, Occupy Wall Street, the excesses of the capital markets, early stage Alzheimer’s disease, the impact of social media on journalism and workplace gender conflict. When everyone has deserted her, the thing Kay can always count on is having to pay her daughter’s student loan.

Nonfiction
When HIV/AIDS surfaced in South Africa during the 1990s, public health officials were slow to react.
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Consolidated Supervised Entities Program regulated investment bank holding companies such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Critics say it contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.
In the wake of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the Financial Information eXchange Protocol could have led examiners to the fraud.
By the mid-1990s, public health officials in the United States had become concerned that women of child-bearing years were at risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Yet family planning agencies were slow to recognize or react the needs of vulnerable clients. Name reporting of people being tested for HIV was thought to drive those who should have been tested underground.

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