Ways and Truths and Lives, by Matt Edwards
James Dall attends church every Sunday even though he stopped believing in the Christian God years ago; he says it’s for the free coffee. A 29-year-old who waits tables when he’s not writing for a smalltime local newspaper, James considers himself a successful author who simply hasn’t caught his big break yet, despite the fact he hasn’t even finished his first novel.
Ways and Truths and Lives follows James closely for the three most pivotal weeks of adult life he never saw coming. A creature of routine and consistency, James is forced to navigate a chaotic confluence of tantalizing dream women, career opportunities in other cities, ex-girlfriends seeking closure, mothers begging for grandchildren, suddenly flirtatious coworkers, and fathers who were never there. James’ newfound focus on the answer has him listening to the combined wisdom of bartenders and pastors, surrealists and editors, poetry and pornography, and whiskey and IPA.
Through James, Ways and Truths and Lives examines the difficulty of escaping a myopic worldview you were born into and finding comfort in the idea of ‘an answer’ as opposed to ‘the answer’.