Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life (Red Hen Press)
Local author Rob Roberge will read from and sign his short story collection Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life.
Rob Roberge is the author of the story collection Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of My Life and the novels More Than They Could Chew and Drive. He teaches writing at the Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing, UC-Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where he received the Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing in 2003. His stories have been featured in ZYZZYVA, Chelsea, Black Clock, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Ten Writers Worth Knowing Issue of The Literary Review. His work has also been anthologized in Another City (City Lights, 2001), It’s All Good (Manic D Press, 2004) SANTI: Lives of the Modern Saints (Black Arrow Press, 2007) and Orange County Noir (Akashic, 2010). Non-fiction appears, or has appeared, in The Nervous Breakdown and Penthouse. He plays guitar and sings with several LA bands, including, among others, the punk pioneers, The Urinals. In his spare time, he restores and rebuilds vintage amplifiers and quack medical devices.
From a writer Steve Almond calls "the master of the
down and out that just got worse" comes a collection of stories that
live vividly in the reader's memory long after the final page has been
turned. Taking place in a world of desperate people who cling to hope,
but have few expectations, Roberge introduces us to a motley crew of
cripples, drug addicts, former child actors, chimpanzee boxers,
exterminators, and assorted criminals. These desperate, boldly original
stories are distinguished by a stark prose reminiscent of Denis Johnson
or Lorrie Moore, but are, ultimately, all their own--powerful,
riveting, deeply felt, and darkly funny.