Bruno Dante has fled Los Angeles for New York City. With its cold, hard edge, it's his kind of town. . . . But the string of deadbeat temporary telemarketing gigs is getting to Bruno and the steady work he can stand is hard to come by. Bruno's trying everything: hotel night manager, window cleaner, and cab driver, all the while punctuating his unsatisfying employment experiments with meaningless affairs and intense drinking binges. Then something totally unexpected pops up and Bruno finds himself in a position to act responsibly, to start writing again, and to get his life back on track. But like his drinking, screwing up might be a habit that's too deeply ingrained to shake.
About the Author
Dan Fante is the son of novelist John Fante. He is the author of several books of poems, short stories, and plays, and the novels 86d, Chump Change, Mooch, and Spitting Off Tall Buildings. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Praise for Spitting Off Tall Buildings…
“Evokes brutally and skillfully the violently numb condition of his alter ego.” -The Times (London)
“As we trawl with him through deadbeat and dead-end jobs, this unsettling novel is haunted by the spectre of Charles Bukowski.” -The Times (London)
“Moments which brush the genius of Bukowski and Hubert Selby.” -Elle (France)
“It gives an honest misfit’s view of America far too few know.” -John Fowles
“A truly great American novel.” -Scotland on Sunday
“Dan Fante’s novel does an excellent job of delivering this tale of depraved despair with a steady one-two-punch rhythm that hurts like hell while still being impossible to put down.” -Sacramento Book Review