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by John Grochalski (Goodreads Author)
Welcome to the world of Rand Wyndham, a former librarian and misanthrope extraordinaire in his late 30s who suffers through temp work and other horrors to retreat nightly to the safe haven of Rooney’s Pub, where he has proudly earned his stripes as a regular. In well-crafted prose, Grochalski keenly captures the inane ritual of the daily workplace routine but also the ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 13th 2013 by Six Gallery Press
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I'm a sucker for books about misanthropes, drunks, fuck-ups, and characters grinding against the tired American Dream...so this book is, admittedly, right up my alley. Grochalski, however, does his book a tremendous service by avoiding the kinds of deeply melodramatic pitfalls that sometimes comes with this kind of book, resists taking quick and easy ways out, and the narrative is all the more believable for it. The booze-flooded dives in The Librarian serve as a glorious counter-balance to the ...more
21st century America sucks for all of us, even the Kardashians, but most people have their heads too far up their butts to realize it. Grochalski does not have his head up his butt and neither does his protagonist, which is why his protagonist drinks and often. I am toasting this book right now with a frozen margarita. Salud.
The Librarian is the debut novel of Brooklyn based poet/writer John Grochalski, published by Six Gallery Press back in December 2013. As usual, I am late to the party. Not late to the party in a fashionable kind of way, more like in a kicking yourself because it was a fucking great party and you wished you'd been there from the start kind of way. The story follows several months in the life of Randall 'Rand' Wyndham, the titular (former) librarian. Rand is a drunken misanthrope who wastes his ...more
John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn't Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press, 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon Books on Blog 2012)and the novel, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press, 2013). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.More about John Grochalski...