Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories is a collection of a dozen short stories that were published over the years in college journals, literary magazines, and anthologies while Frank Mundo wrote his award-winning novel-in-verse The Brubury Tales.
All of the stories in thiscollection focus onthe life and timesof J.T. Glass (the narrator ofThe Brubury Tales), a Los Angeles security guard who has an uncanny knack for finding trouble and falling in love--often at the same time. In many of the stories, J.T. is challenged with moral decisions that walk a thin line between humor and tragedy. In "Remorse" J.T. is forced to deal with a co-worker falsely accused of date rape and a suffering grandmother who asks him to kill her. In "A Friend in Need" J.T. discovers some horrifying secrets about his roommate who dies in a car accident and leaves J.T. behind to pick up the pieces. In the title story of the collection, a tale about high-school bullying you'll never forget, J.T. recognizes Gary Naysmith, an old acquaintance from high school, who just robbed the bank where J.T. works, and leaves J.T. badly beaten and barely conscious on the floor. Some of the stories address events from J.T.'s childhood, from funny and painful pranks by family members to the horrific losses of a loving and erudite grandmother with Alzheimer’s. Some stories address J.T.'s utter misunderstanding of women and his relationships with them. One story has J.T. waiting for fat and skinny college letters while another shows J.T being forced to take a drug test for his older brother. Finally, this special edition also includes Bonus Material--the General Prologue to Frank Mundo's Brubury Tales, where we continue the story of J.T. Glass in this modern Los Angeles version of Chaucer's classic Canterbury Tales. Stories contain violence, adult language, and adult situations.
Shelfari edited the description of Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories Sunday, July 24, 2011.