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Complain
by Bartholomew Mule
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Complain is the surprising debut novel from a young writer whose prose is both fluid and well crafted. A newcomer to the Los Angeles writer's circle, Bartholomew Mule has impressed his peers with a mature writing sensibility, and a a grasp of the subtle ironies that succeed in making this book a very enjoyable read. He seduces us into a world where the everyday tragedy becomes as subtle and banal as a bus stop advertisment or a clipped supermarket coupon.

Rollie Paris believes that the security of a well stocked bar will prevent him from having to deal with the shock of unexpected disasters. His life is full of them: overdoses, suicides, burnt buildings, car wrecks-- the world consistently collapses on Rollie. After his friend dies, he is left with no one to discuss his anger and malcontent. So he explores the neighborhoods around Los Angeles looking for meaning in the neighorhood bars and hooks up with a network of outrageous barflys, waitresses an street urchins.

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