Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish, famously brought to life on the big screen in Tim Burton’s adaptation starring Ewan McGregor, reframes the life of a modern man as a series of myths. Edward Bloom, the story’s protagonist, is no Hercules or Odysseus from the famous Greek myths. He’s an advertising salesman from Alabama. Nonetheless, Wallace shows how the arc of a contemporary life and the quest for personal fulfillment–navigating adolescence, work, romance, parenthood, and ultimately, death–is no less epic of a journey.