The Prodigal by Alexander J Allison

ISBN: 978-1937865054
194 pages
Release Date: January 12, 2013

Civil Coping Mechanisms
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The Prodigal gives undeniable insight and authority in the [game of poker].
– Poker News
The Prodigal explores the nature of a man born with a silver spoon, his relationship to his parents, to school, to his best friend David and most importantly, to Poker.

Martin is twenty-one, an age not worth lying about. He’s been happily doing nothing, claiming to be a professional online Poker player. But now, he’s facing a life away from the corrupting influence of overwhelming privilege.

“Strange and stark and nakedly truthful. Painful as losing money; funny as realizing it wasn’t yours.”
–Jonathan Trigell, author of Boy A and Genus


“Alexander J. Allison is yet another example of why The American Revolution was a stupid ass idea. Who would ever want to break away from a country with writers like this? Allison’s The Prodigal is the type of book that makes you want to pick your own porn star name as long as your porn star name is HELL YEAH. Allison is the type of guy who understands we’re all snakes with alligators inside of us. We bust and burst and blow apart. We eat ourselves to death.”
–Scott McClanahan, author of Crapalachia and Hill William

(b. 1991) is from London. He is a graduate of the University of York, and currently studies at the University of of Manchester, working under writers including Jeanette Winterson, MJ Hyland and Geoff Ryman.

He is the author of The Prodigal (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013), and Circle/Line (Red Ceilings Press, 2012). His work has appeared widely online and in print.

In 2012, he was awarded ‘Alt Lit Short Story of the Year’.