Damian, the hero of Stag-Nation, lives in Vancouver, Canada, a city of two extremes: one of the ‘best’ cities in the world, a favourite of the wealthy elites; but, in its downtown east side, a last refuge for a distressed under class struggling to survive with poverty and addiction. Damian’s world touches these two extremes as he ricochets between the thrill of sailing a yacht on Vancouver’s beautiful cruising waters and the dependence on alcohol and drugs to blunt the trials of his stressful job in security. As a generation Xer trying to make the best of a tough existence, Damian pursues a quest to achieve life-long love and partnership with a lap dancer. Do the lyrics of Nine Inch Nails “I just made you up to hurt myself” more accurately reflect what Damian has done?
If you liked this author’s short stories as much I did, you’ll find Stag-Nation to be an exciting read with more gritty characters, subplots and descriptive content of a raw existence.
Without give up to much of plot, the Mountain’s Money revolves around a slacker who gets fed up with a go nowhere ski bum life and decides to take the mountain's money. It is a good story that leaves you wondering the meaning of a little help from my friends.