In search of meaningful connection, Clayton Draper moves into The Complex, a residential development in Austin, TX sponsored by Kool Kola, and comes face-to-face with very contemporary modes of self-absorption and a rampant materialism he can’t resist. In his journal entries, he looks for guidance from Schopenhauer, Snagglepuss, Aldous Huxley, Howlin' Mary, The Flintstones, Willa Cather, Winston Churchill, the voice of God, and many others. He quits his job, treks to Paris, and wrestles with a feral cat, while struggling with a sniping nemesis and a way too blonde and charismatic neighbor. Rob Reynolds' debut is a sharp, quick-paced satire, full of erudition and irreverent observation.
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About the Author
Rob Reynolds has published short fiction in the Tampa Review, Kennesaw Review (online), Mad Hatter’s Review, flashquake, Vestal Review, and Eunoia Review. “What You Can Learn in a Bar” was anthologized in Ooligan Press’s You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories. He's a former contributing associate and contributing editor of the Harvard Review and Boston Book Review. He lives in Austin, TX.