Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Down and Across by Arvin AhmadiDown and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
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Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship? One week. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion.

With college applications looming, Scott’s parents pressure him to get serious and settle on a career path like engineering or medicine. Desperate for help, he sneaks off to Washington, DC, to seek guidance from a famous professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success.

He never expects an adventure to unfold out of what was supposed to be a one-day visit. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try–all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.



  1. I am wondering just how much of a career there could be in writing crosswords, but it might help Scott work out his own future and to see things ahead more clearly.

    I love doing crosswords, although I am not keen on the cryptic kind. I will quite often leave a crossword unfinished for weeks at a time and move on to the next one. Revisiting a page can sometimes nudge the old brain cells and a much needed answer can come forth out of the blue 🙂

    Have a good rest of the week 🙂


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