By Dan Fante
In la, suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time under the influence of alcohol Bruno Dante is jobless back. The e-book of his booklet of brief tales has been dispose of indefinitely. looking out the wish advertisements for a gig, he reveals a chauffeur activity. while Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former ny agency David Koffman, who's commencing a West Coast department of his thriving limo provider. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood lower than one : he needs to stay sober. yet quick enterprise good fortune triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his personal insanity as he struggles to maintain his previous regular demons from getting the easiest of him over again.
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All his life he’d detested their presence. His best drinking buddy was an older guy named Cecil, a car collector and retired auto mechanic wearing overalls to a wake. He and Rick met at a Sacramento memorabilia trade show. Cecil was working on a wine buzz and sported the red face of a lifelong juicer. He poured me a tall glass of the rosé then insisted we go outside to the shed behind the garage. There it was. My brother’s pal pulled the tarp away to reveal a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, complete with new paint and swooping fins and dripping with gaudy, replated chrome and a gleaming rebuilt motor.
Light brown. ” “That’ll do for next time. I now intend to open an account with your company. ” “Sorry, I thought you knew. You ride free of charge. ” “I pay my own way. ” “Hey, no problem. ” “Precisely,” she nodded. “Now wait here a moment. ” “T-A-H-U-T-I. My cat. C. closed the door in my face then stepped back inside her bungalow. Half a minute later she was back, beaming, holding in her arms the fattest monster black cat I had ever seen. ” The beast opened its heavy eyes, glanced at me, then closed them again.
C. snorted. “My daughter Constance’s second husband is a Milanese ne’er-do-well named Gianluca. He inherited a good deal of money, but thank God, also excellent genes. ” “Bruno, kindly do not annoy me. ” Outside Neiman’s side entrance were half a dozen photographers, milling around, waiting for someone—a celebrity or a movie star—to leave. C. eyed the group. “Nuts,” she whispered, “I might have expected this. ” “They are? ” “I guess you’re right,” I said. ” “My granddaughter is a model. C. ” “What you may not yet have put together is that Marcella is the spokesperson for a cosmetic line called La Natura.
86'd: A Novel (P.S.) by Dan Fante