The more than 70 stories in I Am Currently Working on a Novel are as diverse as a telephone conversation or your average ocean. There are stories set in Hollywood, London, and the bottom of the sea. There are stories about ghosts, robots, love, Pointillism, death, and immortality. Though seldom longer than a few pages, there is more mystery and sadness and sheer mania in these slimmed-down fictions than a whole shelf-full of standard novels.
I Am Currently Working on a Novel
What people are saying:
Rolli’s worlds are strange and yet magic, tragic as well as humorous. He wrenches out the pain and also the joy of life, creating stories that could all begin a novel.
- — Billings Gazette, LouAnne Foley
Rolli’s imagination is admirable, and his ability to make so much happen in so few words is deeply impressive. Each one of the stories in I Am Currently Working On A Novel is finely-crafted, a miniature triumph.
- — Neon Magazine, Christophe Frost
The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and when you’re done laughing you realize your heart hurts a little. The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both.
- — Heavy Feather Review, Adam Thomlison
Wicked and wickedly funny. One cannot sit down with this book and read it cover to cover; it must be a wandering and a wondering journey, during which one lingers with outright laughter, reads pieces once or twice, and sometimes more, for sheer enjoyment of and admiration for such profligacy of imagination.”
- — Transition Magazine
Because this is a magic book, as you absorb its people you begin to realize that the real people around you are and have always been impossible.
- — Brian Conn, editor of Birkensnake
- Shortlisted, 2015 High Plains Book Award
- Longlisted, 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize