Comprised of three novellas—“Fate,” “The Consolation of Empire,” and “The Incomplete”--The Last Educations is an academic satire set at a large university in Austin, Texas. It’s filled with the absurd struggles of education: favor-dodging, ex-girlfriend avoiding, grade-dreading, plagiarist-busting, dissertation-reading, office-mate annoying, litter-box spilling, book-stealing, student-humping, cat-chasing, wrist-breaking, inopportune erectile-disfunctioning, boyfriend-dumping planning, dead-professor missing, committee-meeting texting, cloud-spotting, bureaucratic student mis-filing, classroom failing, hidden Confederate-history uncovering, book-writing, student advising, professional dysphoria-feeling, drunk-tank loitering, book discussion-leading, meth snorting, paper researching, academic schooling, sink urinating, New Years’ kissing, pool-playing, stranger disemboweling, paper-writing, paper-writing failing, incomplete-taking…yet, as the characters struggle to fit into a rapidly-changing institution, medicating themselves as best they can with sex, drugs, and literature, learning actually happens. Somehow.
You don’t like novellas or novella collections? You could call it a novel—the three sections/novellas are linked together, forming a composite novel. Or you could just call it a collection of three long short stories. At any rate, I’m convinced this book will find an audience, eventually—after all, academics like reading about academics….
Also, it’s really good! Here’s a pdf of the first few pages of “Fate.”