Scholarly & Creative

May 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

Isard Pens New Novel, ‘Conquistador of the Useless’

In June 2013, Cinco Puntos Press will publish Conquistador of the Useless, a novel by Joshua Isard, Visiting Professor of English and Director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Nathan Wavelsky moves into the suburbs with his wife and two cats. Life is sweet. He’s a successful slacker. He doesn’t want to rock the boat.

But the boat rocks anyway. He gives a copy of Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle to a teenage girl next door. Her parents are righteously appalled. His wife’s hormones start to tango and now she wants a baby. Worse, his best friend wants him to climb Mount Everest. Nathan likes to hike, but climbing in the Himalayas? He could die, for God’s sake. He just wants to be left alone. But no chance.

Things begin to happen.


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