While dealing with his father’s apparent abandonment and his mother’s grisly suicide, Tyler Linley uses pills and Hollywood escapism to numb his raging pessimism.
As his college career ends, an old acquaintance reenters his life as a lover and yanks him back into reality. But reality is nothing like drugs or booze. It’s nothing like the movies, either. There’s no Morgan Freeman narration.
Tyler finds himself out on drunken midnight vigilante missions to make the world right by him—Hollywood endings. But his friends make him realize he must face the fluctuating state of reality or he will self-destruct, destroying everyone around him.
D. W. Anderson’s first release, Mind the Gap (2016), is a book-length collection of humor essays and stories. His writing can be found in publications such as A & U Magazine, Cream City Review, Poetry Quarterly and other periodicals. He teaches creative writing and English courses in Wisconsin. Equally important, he found his cat, Toki, in a plastic bag near a Redbox. They now live together in sitcom fashion.
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