Wednesday Night Meeting
A Novel of Connected Short Stories
Louis Lasser IV
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NYC 2020: Daydreaming philosopher Zeus Neon Woodson falls in love with Candy and in trouble with her heavenly Father, a member of The D.O.C. (Defenders of Christ), an emerging, yet secretive, religious force in America. His search for meaning intersects with Roosevelt’s poetic graffiti, Della’s provocative silence, and Suma’s literary forgeries.
Wednesday Night Meeting delves into a range of themes: religion and doubt, relationships and intimacy, baseball and jazz, art and fashion, mathematics and minor traffic violations. The story is told from the changing perspectives of the main characters that reveal the interconnectivity of NYC—sometimes the chapters end mid-sentence and are picked up on the next page as the characters pass by each other on the street. There is a concordance of endnotes with integral backstories and details like bar menus, slang dictionary entries, baseball cards, Venn diagrams, and poetic vandalism. The elements of surrealistic fiction mixed with philosophy, comedy, horror, love, and redemption all converge in the closing moments with an intense confrontation during a meeting on a cold Wednesday night in April.