Rontel is the story of one man’s odyssey through Chicago. Follow him as he attempts to go to his last day of work. Follow him through the subway as he considers stealing chips from a dancing baby. Find him being threatened by a homeless man holding board games. Take his hand as he considers building a hydraulic cocoon for his cat out of a complimentary duffel bag. Walk the streets of Uptown as a cop-killer takes hostages to the roof of an apartment building. Meet his friends. Just kidding! Follow him to his neighbor’s apartment where he gets paid in pumpkin pie to watch a baby. Follow him through through the dull pains of never quite becoming an adult. Sit back, laugh, smile, hold your breath, because not even he knows how it ends.
Praise, Coverage, etc. for Rontel
“Funny as hell, searingly honest, and urgently real, Sam Pink’s Rontel puts to shame most modern fiction. His writing perfectly captures the bizarre parade that is Chicago, with all its gloriously odd and wonderful people. This book possesses both the nerve of Nelson Algren and the existential comedy of Albert Camus.” – Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned
“I earnestly thought ‘this is the funniest book I have ever read’ or ‘Rontel is the funniest book I have ever read’ probably ~200x while and after reading Rontel.” – Tao Lin, author of Taipei
Los Angeles Review of Books
Toronto Review of Books
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
Another Chicago Magazine
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
The Huffington Post
A Rontel-inspired animation
An excerpt at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading
Microcosm Publishing: 2013’s Top Things Made of Words
Karmaloop: 5 Awesome Books That Prove Books Are Still Worth Reading
Paperback edition published by Lazy Fascist Press. Digital edition published Electric Literature.