WALLOW: stories, rumors and other theatrics

By Rick Pryll

Literary fiction, Short stories, Poetry, Travel | Paperback, eBook


Have you ever thought about quitting your job, leaving it all behind, running away to Europe, to find yourself? Ever been to Prague and considered, just for a second, what it would be like to stay? WALLOW depicts the plight of Steve, a self-obsessed romantic in the self-induced exile of Prague's expat community. Newly divorced from both the love of his life and his yuppie-dom on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Steve finds himself broke, alone, and smack dab in the middle of his quarter-life crisis. To get through it, he is going to have to give up a few of his favorite delusions. Before he does, Steve takes a moment to bask in the cold sun of Self. WARNING: Includes episodes of profanity and sexually explicit language. The Prague Post had this to say: "WALLOW reads like a travelogue from the author's fractured internal landscape, exploring heartbreak and alienation." Rick Pryll's fiction is at once a thin disguise for his personal experience and a deep, dark tour of his secret self. Earnest nearly to a fault, his work triumphs in its ability to crystallize the emotional complexity of an instant in individual human experience. Highlights: The short story "Chris" captures what it was like to be living in the American expatriate community in Prague at the close of the last century. The poem "Paper Plates" nails just what it is about living in a transient yet sticky place like Prague that hurts so much. The short story "Eye of the Jackal" features an ironical twist that exposes the victim of a theft as a thief himself. And finally, an Unsent Letter at the end of the book (dated to show that it was written before almost any of the rest of the book had yet to occur) shows that while the process of self-discovery is bumpy and long, often the kernel of it exists within us before we even begin. This connected collection of short stories, poems, unsent letters and journal excerpts come together to describe a twenty-something man's coming to terms with his life after divorce. Set both in New York City and Prague, the book is divided into seven sections, taking the reader through a fractured landscape of loss, self-pity, self-discovery and ultimately hope.


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Have you ever thought about quitting your job, leaving it all behind, running away to Europe, to find yourself? Ever been to Prague and considered, just for a second, what it would be like to stay? WALLOW depicts the plight of Steve, a self-obsessed romantic in the self-induced exile of Prague's expat community. Newly divorced from both the love of his life and his yuppie-dom on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Steve finds himself broke, alone, and smack dab in the middle of his quarter-life crisis. To get through it, he is going to have to give up a few of his favorite delusions. Before he does, Steve takes a moment to bask in the cold sun of Self. WARNING: Includes episodes of profanity and sexually explicit language. The Prague Post had this to say: "WALLOW reads like a tra...


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Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet, best known for his hyperfiction short story "LIES" http://www.rickpryll.com/lies/lies.html. First published to the web in 1994, "LIES" has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online. It is cited in more than seven books, has been translated into Spanish and Chinese, and continues to be featured on the curriculae at several institutions of higher learning. Rick and his wife, painter Holly Spruck, live and work in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two children and three cats. From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague, in the Czech Republic. While there he published two books including displaced (foolishness press, 1998) and WALLOW (foolishness press, 1999). His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of THINK and OPTIMISM. Rick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering by submitting a novella entitled "Goliath" as his thesis. In 1991, Rick won MIT's Robert A. Boit Prize for Best Short Story ("Pathbeater"). Rick hails from Dunkirk, New York on the shores of Lake Erie.


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Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet, best known for his hyperfiction short story "LIES" http://www.rickpryll.com/lies/lies.html. First published to the web in 1994, "LIES" has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online. It is cited in more than seven books, has been translated into Spanish and Chinese, and continue...


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