Published as Cargoes in Griffith Review 50 Tall Tales Short—The Novella Project III, Gotham tells of the encounter between music journalist, Jeff Foster and ‘boy pharaoh’, Na$ti Boi. It reveals how hollow celebrities cast their spell. Think, Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe.

Quite an interesting novella! This novella, the first in a series of 5, is beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable.

A music journalist, Jeff, spends an evening with rapper Na$ti Boi. Although the story only covers a short amount of time, we get a really good insight into both characters and their lives, both personal and professional.

Nick Earls has a way of writing novellas with a great amount of detail. The descriptive language and the characters are fantastically written, and you really get drawn into the story. I felt like I was there, observing the character interactions! Gotham is a touching story that still sits with me.


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