Chump Change: A Novel by Dan Fante

By Dan Fante

A blackout as a result of a Mad puppy binge that ended with a self-inflicted steak knife wound got Bruno Dante one other stint within the nuthouse, no diverse from all of the relaxation. Now it's performed, and his spouse, Agnes—taking time without work from her personal-trainer lover—has come to select Bruno up and to bring a message from the West Coast: his screenwriter father is within the clinic in a coma and isn't anticipated to reside. So Bruno heads again to la for a fraught family members reunion, the place the stress and tension strength him to ordinary the ache the one method he is familiar with how—with alcohol. And whilst he wakes up bare in a stolen motor vehicle with an underage hooker whose pimp has stolen his pockets, Bruno realizes the journey has simply begun.

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He found the Peugeot’s driver already installed, and they nodded to one another, two men with the same urgent mission. After a while, Max broke the silence. “Nice day,” he said. ” The man shrugged, zipped, lit a cigarette, and nodded once again before going back to his car, leaving Max to reflect on the insouciant French attitude to bodily functions. He couldn’t imagine the same episode taking place on the Kingston bypass back in England, where such activities—if carried out at all—would be conducted in an atmosphere of furtive embarrassment, with many a contorted and guilty glance over the shoulder, in dread of a passing police car and subsequent arrest for indecent exposure.

Let’s have a little cheese to go with the rest of the wine, shall we? ” Charlie leaned across the table, one finger tapping on the cloth to emphasize his words. “First, you’ve arrived at a moment in your life of marvelous freedom. No deadlines, no appointments, no responsibilities . ” “No money,” said Max. “. . a detail I shall come to in a moment. This is a turning point, an ideal time for you to take a break, look at what fate and Uncle Henry have dumped in your lap, and decide what you want to do.

A row of attics that ran the length of the third floor of the house . ” “Not attics, Max. Staff accommodation,” murmured Charlie. “Excellent. ” “. . I think there were half a dozen bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Oh, and a grass tennis court and outbuildings, barns and things like that. ” “I can see it now. Sounds to me like a stately home. General state of repair and decoration? ” Max shook his head. “No? Well, they’ve probably been keeping him busy in the Cotswolds. ” “Not great.

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