Misfit the Wanderer

8 August 2019
We’re excited to announce our second publication of 2019, Patrick Barney’s Misfit the Wanderer, which will be released in the latter half of October.

Drawing on a range of aesthetic sources, from Miguel de Cervantes and Friedrich Nietzsche to Albert Camus, Ingmar Bergman, and Cormac McCarthy, Misfit the Wanderer is a tragicomedy that explores fantasty, addiction, and helplessness, and friendship in confrontation with an immutable power.

Pothead, drug dealer, and all-around loser Misfit looks out his window one night and sees a fire blazing across the city. With no means of escape other than his feet, Misfit embarks on a harrowing exodus over countless city blocks. As the night progresses, the lives of strangers and friends intersect with his own, and each of their stories challenges Misfit to confront his notions of a world that apportions suffering and reprieve by chance. When at last all places of refuge appear out of reach, he must decide if he should continue struggling for his own life.

Patrick Barney has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MA in Professional Writing from the University of Cincinnati. He works as a technical writer in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and three children.

To support this publication, Xi Draconis Books is running a Kickstarter campaign. Head here to donate.

Here’s the cover art, from fantastic artist Tracy Bishop:

Misfit the Wanderer Cover Cropped A Third Time