This is a brilliant and hilarious story of what happens when you try too hard to make life into high art. An author gets an offer from a big-city publisher to write a new book about bullfighting in Mexico. His first book had been an important but sadly overlooked effort, but this! This is his chance to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Hemingway, and exhibit his own literary genius. But he finds the bullfighting tawdry, and people seem more interested in the sideshows. The author speaks little Spanish, has little reporting experience, and is dangerously unqualified to write about bullfighting. As his research falters, money runs out, and the deadline approaches, his alter ego, Travis LaFrance, takes over in an attempt to foment real life into something grand and literary.
Mark Sundeen is the author of "Car Camping" and lives in Utah.