In Mainelli’s stories, characters wish for the American dream. We could have God, money, and sex if we just find the key. But the key is out of reach. In one story, a man inherits $150K, and you think he’s found it. But happiness eludes him. Americans think they deserve to be happy, but in these stories, we don’t know how to make ourselves happy; it’s always achingly out of reach. Mainelli elbows into Denis Johnson’s territory here, gritty working-class middle America, dreaming of something we see on TV, something we can almost imagine feeling. These stories are raw and gritty, and as we settle into a hard year, these are the stories we will yearn for.
—Kate Gale, Author of Goldilocks Zone
“But it has become more necessary,” he told her, “to know I am not crazy, than it is to be healed.” David Mainelli’s people have nerves so frayed you pray for their vulnerable hearts, page by steel-edged page. I see a book in flames. Truth and redemption are fighting under apocalyptic American skies. A holy book of domestic passions by a writer so fiercely graced with insights into the heart’s naked chambers you just sit stunned.
—Tom Paine, Author of A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns
Dave Mainelli is a writer from Omaha, Nebraska. In 2012, Dave came down with a serious illness and reestablished some priorities in his life. Music and writing came to the forefront and has remained there since. He’s a graduate of the University of Nebraska MFA in Fiction and a singing/songwriting member of Bazile Mills. He’s also owned restaurants for over 25 years and has traveled around the world as a business consultant. He now teaches writing at Iowa Western and Wayne State College. How to Be Lonely is his first book of short stories.
How to Be Lonely
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WSC Press (March 2021)