Imagine you've just been dumped. Not just dumped but pushed out of Concorde at 60,000 feet with a grand piano tied to your testicles. You've asked the woman of your dreams to marry you after a seven-year passionate, transatlantic relationship and she's said "No". What? "No. I never want to see you again". Following his true love's rejection by the frozen waters of Niagara Falls, the honeymoon capital of the world, Jim Keeble follows his self-esteem south to America, the Land of the Free. From the fast flash of Las Vegas to the wolf-woods of Minnesota, he attempts to get his life back together on the road. From Aki, a Vegas showgirl for the 21st century, and the lap dancers of Glitter Gulch, to the Los Angeles surfers and starlets, from the attendees of the "Washington Post Personals Singles Party" to the crab-catchers' daughters of Virginia, "Independence Day" is a quest to find a girl that looks like Sunday but treats you like Saturday night.
Jim Keeble writes regularly for the travel pages of the DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE TIMES and the EVENING STANDARD. He lives alone in North London without any cats.