The Final Day at Westfield Arcade novel

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The Final Day at Westfield Mall novel is out now. Here’s a plot synopsis:

In 1982, there were 13,000 video game arcades in North America that
generated over $8 billion in quarters, a figure higher than the
combined revenue of the music ($4 billion) and film ($3 billion)
industries that year. By 2002, fewer than 500 arcades remained, and
total revenue had dropped to less than $100 million. The Final Day at
Westfield Arcade is a coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of
the astronomic rise and fall of the video game arcade industry.

It’s the final day of business at Westfield Arcade, the video game
arcade where middle-aged Mike Mayberry has worked since he was a
teenager. Mike spends his final day at Westfield Arcade taking a
nostalgia-fueled journey back through the arcade’s glory years of the
1980s, the era when Pac Man ruled the world and every night at the
arcade was an adventure. He reflects on the endless memories and
friends he’s made during the decades he’s spent at the arcade, and
chronicles the ups and downs in his relationship with an unforgettable
girl over those years. As the final day of business at his beloved
video game arcade comes to an emotional end, Mike contemplates a major
decision for his post-arcade life, a decision that he hopes will once
and for all answer the question of whether the girl who got away so
many years ago truly did get away for good.


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