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Rontel is the tale of 1 man’s odyssey via Chicago. keep on with him as he makes an attempt to visit his final day of labor. persist with him during the subway as he considers stealing chips from a dancing child. locate him being threatened by way of a homeless guy protecting board video games. Take his hand as he considers development a hydraulic cocoon for his cat out of a complimentary duffel bag. stroll the streets of Uptown as a cop-killer takes hostages to the roof of an condominium construction. Meet his acquaintances. simply kidding! stick with him to his neighbor’s residence the place he will get paid in pumpkin pie to observe a child. persist with him via during the uninteresting pains of by no means fairly changing into an grownup. relax, chortle, smile, carry your breath, simply because no longer even he is aware the way it ends.

“Funny as hell, searingly sincere, and urgently actual, Sam Pink’s Rontel places to disgrace most recent fiction. His writing completely captures the weird parade that's Chicago, with all its gloriously strange and lovely humans. This ebook possesses either the nerve of Nelson Algren and the existential comedy of Albert Camus.” – Joe Meno

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