okay, so maybe he’s a shit and a fuck. . .

I love david brandt.

David Brandt, age 38, is a twice-divorced community college professor. He’s also a selfish prick and he knows it. He says he doesn’t give a crap but you can’t put too much stock in that because he’s a liar, lying mostly to himself. He’s a seriously lonely fuck. He drinks Bacardi 151 to excess. He fancies himself an idiot. He fucks up more often than not. He dreams about bullets and black lace panties for God’s sake. . .

I love the guy.

David Brandt is my main character in CHERRY. And the truth is, for much of the novel, he is all those things, but he isn’t only those things and that’s what makes him so interesting to me. That’s what makes him human. His misery is self-indulgent and insufficient.

CHERRY is a year in the life, as they say. Just like Brandt, I’m privy to his past, but not his future. He grapples with that uncertainty. He wrestles with a past that seems hell-bent on fucking up the rest of his life.

At some point, maybe something good will happen. Maybe, at the end of the day, he’ll still be here, holding on to hope of better things.

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