While Made in L.A. Volume 1 was rooted in Los Angeles, this second volume focuses on goals, dreams, and the distant horizon. Chasing the Elusive Dream explores the fantasies people carry with them to L.A., as well as the dreams Angelenos dream while surrounded by this vast and evolving city.
This anthology series showcases a diverse range of voices and genres. Like the City of Angels where these stories were born, nothing is off-limits. Literary or contemporary, fantasy or science fiction, each story in this volume invites you to view this urban landscape through a different lens.
Made in L.A. Writers came into being because local readers expressed their desire, en masse, for stories about Los Angeles. As a collaborative of Los Angeles-based writers who are dedicated to nurturing and promoting indie fiction, our work is both influenced and illuminated by our hometown and underpinned by the extraordinary, multifaceted, and often surreal culture and life in L.A.
Table of Contents
The Serenade of the Gangsta • Sara Chisolm • 1
Luigi’s Song • Jude-Marie Green • 15
Lucky and Carmela • Nick Duretta • 33
Billboard Cowboy • Axel Milens • 39
College Lessons • Gabi Lorino • 55
Face • Cody Sisco • 79
Two Kings • C. Gregory Thompson • 107
Mouth Bay • Nolan Knight • 121
For Hire • A.S. Youngless • 139
Letting Go • Gabi Lorino • 167
Burning Man • James Ferry • 177
Edition of Ten • Abigail Walthausen • 191
Biographies • 201
Made in L.A. Writers • 207
Acknowledgments • 209