“Ashley gives you a nod, so you pull out of the driveway as the sky turns from navy blue to black. Then again, it’s never truly black in LA—more like a charcoal haze dusted with the orange glow of streetlamps.”
Introducing The Lookout and Other Stories, the debut collection of previously published and premiere shorts by Daniel Gardina.
Ranging from the humorous to the dramatic, these five narratives include an absurd trip to the dentist’s office, a girl’s chance encounter with a man who knows her story all too well, and a couple whose lives will permanently change by the time they reach their favorite spot in the city: the lookout.
As a bonus, also added is an excerpt from the novel The Last Night.
★★★★★ Excellent stories to read over and over again.
The Lookout and Other Stories is an excellent read full of imaginative, funny, and sometimes pensive short stories. I read this collection twice the first week I got it. I give it my highest recommendation as a book no reader should be without.
— Becki, Amazon.com
★★★★★ New writer hits a home run
These are a well written short stories. We hope the writer’s new novel is published fairly soon. I can’t wait. It will be the start of a great career.
— ramcdonald, Amazon.com
★★★★★ Keep your eye on Gardina
Grab a copy of this book if you want to see the progression of skill and observational awareness in a young man that will, no doubt, sell millions of copies one day very soon. Then, he teases you with the first chapter of his novel—The Last Night — leaving you with a taste reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis’s early work, if it bedded T.C. Boyle’ s raw view of the human being. I need to know what happens next.
— TheBrokeWriter, Amazon.com
“The Lookout” Podcast Reading and Interview
I was fortunate to be the first guest on a new storytelling podcast called Be Particular Out There. In the episode, I read my short story “The Lookout,” then sit down with the show’s host and friend Dustin M. Thomas to discuss the story, writing, publishing, and my novel The Last Night.
You can find the episode on iTunes or listen below.