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“Spicy, witty, charming and surprisingly hilarious. Unrelenting entertainment.” -- Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite 5-star review
Joseph is haunted. His mermaid bi-sexual girlfriend died under mysterious circumstances. Naked Pete may have the answers, if he would pick up his phone. Joseph doesn’t pay for sex; the price is more than he or his friend with benefits could have bargained for. Waitress-turned-supermodel Karina stays over, only to run off to Italy with her English tutor the next day. When she returns, she’s ready for more. Joseph obsessed over her for nine months. Is it too late?
“Gazing over the magnificent city of Prague, Joseph intimately shares his examination of purpose. Joseph faces grief and reality with a desire for understanding; he vividly describes circumstances that circle back to his existence. Author Rick Pryll overlays the rich history of the Czech Republic with Joseph’s radical and courageous life choices as a young man while poetically mingling his teenage past with the present, in a biological and earthy way. He masterfully details Joseph’s self-awareness; his deeply intuitive and discerning view of his environment and interpersonal relationships. A brilliant writer, I expectantly wait for revelations from the Chimera of Prague!” — Dr. Sabrina Brown, author of He Married a Sociopath
In Part II of this literary fiction psychological suspense novel, the author captures what it was like to be an ex-pat in Prague in the late 1990s. The magical former Communist satellite is a playground for men with low self-esteem. Follow along as Joseph bridges his way from a broken past into a future flooded with love, dipped in reconnection and spiced with romance, charm and faith.
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About the Author
Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet living in Charlotte since 2002. His book, The Chimera of Prague (Foolishness Press, 2017) was selected as the winner of the 2018 New York Festival of Books in the Romance category.
First published to the web in 1994, his hyperfiction short story “LIES” has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online. It is cited in more than seven books and has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.
From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague. While there he published two books including Displaced (Foolishness Press, 1998) and Wallow (Foolishness Press, 1999). His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of Think, Optimism, Ekleksographia, Prometheus Dreaming, and The Esthetic Apostle.
Rick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering by submitting a novella as his thesis. In 1991, he won MIT's Robert A. Boit Prize for Best Short Story.
Rick was born on the shores of Lake Erie. From the age of three, he grew up in Batavia, New York and graduated from Pembroke Central High School.
He lives with his wife, 2018 ArtPop Charlotte artist, Holly Spruck HMCAS, his two kids, two cats and a puppy.