A Gemma Open Door book
“Brian Bouldrey is master of a lightheartedness framed in funereal black. He shows us a world recognizably our own yet strange beyond our wildest imaginings.”
-Paul Reidinger, author, Lions in the Garden and The City Kid
“One of America’s great living wits tells the truth about our beloved fairy tales – that they were written by a meth addict, as we always suspected. His hero, Walace, charms and amuses as he terrifies.”
-John Beckman, author, The Winter Zoo
A story of a faded fantasy writer, his drug troubles, failed love life and a quest for redemption.
Walace Weiss, a once-famous fantasy novelist, now troubled by drug addiction, sets himself on a final two-fold quest: to finish his first novel in over a decade, and, like the immortal elves of his stories, to try and remember what, in his long life, he should not have forgotten.
The Gemma Open Door Series features storytelling by best-selling authors and important voices for new readers. A story doesn’t have to be big to change our world.
Brian Bouldrey is the author of three novels, The Genius of Desire, Love, the Magician and The Boom Economy; the nonfiction books Honorable Bandit: A Walk Across Corsica, Monster: Adventures in American Machismo, and The Autobiography Box; and editor of several anthologies. He is recipient of Fellowships from Yaddo and Eastern Frontier Society, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Western Regional Magazine Award. Brian teaches writing at Northwestern University.
The Sorrow of the Elves
Paper, 90 pages