By John McNally

You graduate from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with a brief tale released in The New Yorker and thus Best American brief Stories. You remain on the town and paintings in your novel. And paintings in your novel. till, ultimately, twelve years have handed and also you are operating as a media escort for writer excursions and your unfinished novel sits in a field lower than your mattress. Your female friend has left you. Your automobile is lacking a muffler. Your neighbor is strolling round bare simply because his palms are bandaged and he can't unzip his pants. you're on the whims of a slew of more and more loopy writers, and while one among them disappears, an insane manhattan publicist starts stalking you.

This is the lifetime of Jack Hercules Sheahan, a personality good understood via writer John McNally. he's additionally a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in addition to a former media escort, and those misadventures are delivered to lifestyles by means of his own. Recalling the convenience and humor of novels by means of Nick Hornby and Michael Chabon, After the Workshop tells the satirical tale of a author who confronts the demons from his previous whereas escorting these of his current.

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