Las Vegas for Vegans Synopsis
From Las Vegas to Melbourne, from Europe to a doomed airplane in mid-flight, from a seedy motel to the local bookstore, the true setting of these stories is the human heart. A son spends the day at work having left his father dying on the kitchen floor, a woman finds herself unexpectedly alone in a hotel room in Rome, Kafka watches the last journey of the famous Swimmer as he disappears into the Danube, a father abandons his family, yet mysteriously turns up three days later at the Mirage Inn on the edge of Simpson Desert. A. S. Patrics characters are searching for possibilities, truth and lies, the revelations of shadows, and the strange light that shines between tall buildings. Las Vegas for Vegans is original, assured, beautiful storytelling of exceptional craft, brimming with humour and compassion. (Booktopia)
He tumbled as he tried to find a hold on the kitchen bench. He hit the ground but he looked like he was falling on down through the floor, even though he was still there; back to the tiles, his mouth open, working with soundless air. (From ‘Beckett & Son’, p9)
This teaser is from the first short story, ‘Beckett & Son’ in the recently published collection from Australian author A S Patric, Las Vegas for Vegans. Patric’s writing has a real sense of clarity about it… hard hitting and evocative.
Las Vegas for Vegans is the first collection of short stories I am reading for the Short Story Summer Challenge (1 Dec 2012 – 28 Feb 2013).
Looking forward to reading your teasers!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.