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.
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.