Conquistador of the Useless
By Joshua Isard
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Joshua Isard's debut novel is a hoot. Our hero Nathan Wavelsky moves into the burbs with his wife. Life is good. He's a successful slacker. He doesn't want to rock the boat. His definition of a good time is listening to his favorite bands on his iPod and staring at the grass and the poplar trees in his backyard. As a mid-level corporate manager, he does what his bosses tell him. If they want somebody fired, he fires them. No questions asked. But the boat does start to rock. He innocently gives a copy of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle to a teenage girl and his neighbors are righteously appalled. His wife's hormones start to tango and now she wants a baby. Sure, he enjoys sex, but that doesn't mean he wants a baby in the house. Worse, his best friend wants him to climb Mount Everest. Nathan likes to camp and hike, but climbing the Himalayas? He could die, for God's sake. He just wants to be left alone. But no chance. Shit begins to happen.
About the Creators
Joshua Isard is the director of Arcadia University's low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, a program that he developed. Since the program has a study abroad component, it gives him a chance to enjoy two of his favorite things at work: travel and Apple products. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and two cats. His short stories have appeared in The Broadkill Review, Press 1, Inscribed, Northwind, and in the anthologies The Lie of the Land and Outlandish Affairs.Conquistador of the Useless is his first novel.