DJ Swykert is a fiction writer and former 911 operator living in North Carolina. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Coe Review, Sand Canyon Review, Zodiac Review, The Newer York, Barbaric Yawp and Bull
Physicist turned pool boy Jack Joseph led a life of romance, addiction, and entropy, filled with the temptations of drink, drugs, and sex, broken with the miseries of ruined relationships, and balanced on the needle of false hope.
I did enjoy this story. It was definitely out of my normal reading choices and while a lot of bad things happen, it is the world of drugs, it was nice to see some positive for these characters.
When I tell you that that the story spans only a few weeks of Jack’s life, you’ll understand that I spent most of the time inside Jack’s head. And I learned quite a lot about the mind of an addict in the process. Although his lifestyle was not to be admired, it made perfect sense. All in all, an unusual and fascinating read.