Tomorrowland


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The debut story collection by Dr. Joseph Bates, Tomorrowland offers stories full of strange attractions and uncanny conceits – a world of freakish former child stars, abused Elvis impersonators, derelict roadside attractions, apocalyptic small towns, alternate universes where you make out with your ex, and cities built in your backyard to house all the people you’ve disappointed in life.

At its core, the world of Tomorrowland is our own, its misfit main characters recognizably us, though reflected off a funhouse mirror – revealing our hopes and deepest fears to comic, heartbreaking effect.


Advance Praise for Tomorrowland:

Tomorrowland’s not enough. Joseph Bates needs to put out a collection of stories every month. These are quirky, sly, brilliant, playful stories that belong shelved somewhere between Barthelme and Saunders. Tomorrowland is outstanding, and unforgettable, and universal.  It’s like opening up one of those chocolate samplers and finding out that, through a mix-up at the factory, each piece is your favorite.

   - George Singleton, author of Stray Decorum

The world is going to end, and lucky for us Joseph Bates's amazing Tomorrowland is here to let us know what we should do to prepare: in this collection, people dress up as Elvis, go to fantasy baseball camp, send twelve-stepping questionnaires to their exes – all fantastic solutions to unsolvable problems. This book lets us know that the end is coming, and that it's all our fault, because we are small, but Tomorrowland itself is not small: it is a large-hearted, brilliant, hilarious, somehow redemptive look at how we don't deserve redemption but will take it anyway if it comes our way, which it probably won't. But even if it doesn't, at least we have this book, which I love. You will, too.

   - Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonists' Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

 

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