Gary Troia is the author of four short story and memoir books. He started writing stories based on his own life as a disillusioned bricklayer. A South-East London boy from one of the toughest schools in London. An unhappy childhood. Beaten by his abusive, gambling father. Teenage years spent drinking and taking any drug he could get his hands on. Bricklaying. Being deported from America on drugs charges. He then put himself through university-became a lecturer, before taking a leap of faith and becoming an Amazon number 1 bestselling author.
In this short story collection, Gary Troia shares his adventures, travels and memoirs from his life. Anyone who has ever done building work for brutal wage slavery and wondered if they were going mad, will recognise the life of Ray Dennis, (Troia's alter ego) which evokes a vision of mind-numbing, soul-destroying workplaces and workmates. His is the voice of discord for the marginally employed, the creatively frustrated working Joe, who turns to a life of drink and drugs to elevate the monotony of life.
Few have brought this world to life with such black humour and indifference as Gary Troia. He paints a beautifully sad portrait of a truly messed up person with potential, struggling to keep his messed up mind from drowning in cheap red wine and self-loathing. Ray's spirit is trapped in a world of endless grey mundanity.
The ultimate "I hate this job" story, written in short stories and memoirs, each one containing a snapshot of the life of Ray. Troia captures the tedium of working in a low paid, menial job and living hand to mouth. This short story book is book is sad and questions the reader to ask questions about their own life. This book of short stories and memoirs achieves clarity without trying.
Ray has three expensive hobbies: drinking, drugs, and running away. Without the income that Bricklaying provides, he would not be able to maintain his chosen lifestyle, so he compromises his principles and continues with his trade.
“A collection of about 30 quirky short stories… Most of which are very clever with interesting twists at the end.” (Kaikai Camilleri, Amazon.co.uk)
“Gary Troia knows his trade. He understands how to set the scene and how to transfer atmosphere.
What struck me most, was how Mr. Troia told some stories from a child's perspective. Especially in "My Grandfathers Shed". You really think you are a child experiencing what the narrator experienced..."
Gary Troia is an Amazon bestselling author of four short story collections, former alcoholic, drug dealer, Christian cult member was deported from the United States who went onto complete a degree in Spanish and Philosophy, became a lecturer . Has lived the life he writes about in his short story collections and memoirs. His book, The Complete Stories of Gary Troia are stories based on these experiences.
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