The Dryden Arms (House of Despair, a Comedy)

The Dryden Arms (House of Despair, a Comedy)

by Johnny Allina


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The Dryden Arms (House of Despair, a Comedy) by Johnny Allina

Bored with his job as a copywriter at a major hotel chain and living in a noisy apartment in Hollywood teeming with would-be actors and unsavory characters, aspiring novelist Rupert is laid off and seizes the opportunity to move to a serene dwelling in order to live in the peace and quiet he needs to go on a Bukowski-like writing bender.

Instead, he ends up at The Dryden Arms in Glendale, California, where he takes the job as Resident Manager and encounters, in an absurdist reality, tenants who make him think he has become the warden of an asylum. We trail behind him, laughing all the way, as he deals with tenant-on-tenant attempted murder, race relations, a ghost, an uneasy romance with a bitchy lit agent, a smug cat, Eastern philosophies, invisible roommates, a porn star, a foul-mouthed solipsist with undiagnosed allergies, and a lawn-obsessed polymath. Then there's the elderly Don, whom Rupert alternately fantasizes about offing to get his fabulous apartment or rescuing from the impending oblivion of old age.

Follow the imaginative POV of Rupert as he navigates The Dryden Arms, bringing out both his suspicious and compassionate nature in a riotous non-stop ride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519463432
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2016
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

At the tender age of seven, Johnny Allina was traumatized by not only bad parenting but an over consumption of sweets, his father being a high-ranking executive of an esteemed candy corporation based in the tri-state area. He was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth on Park Avenue, and raised by partially suicidal European eccentrics. Once the money was gone, the lot of them became unglued in different ways.

He dabbled in a wide array of drugs, which he parlayed into a scholarship at coveted Bennington College, where he went on to associate with more upper class, anxiety-ridden, somewhat suicidal, vicious eccentrics.

Having navigated all aspects of bad behavior from Park Avenue, a small village in rural Vermont, a series of low- to medium-level odd jobs, an unnamed, major hotel corporate office and ultimately to an apartment building in Glendale, California, he's turned the most recent example into the novel The Dryden Arms (House of Despair, a Comedy).

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