what if I got down on my knees ?

published by Whistling Shade Press

available at Amazon in April 2015


Romantic misadventures and entanglements of absurd, whimsical, existential longing, discovery, secrets, identity, escape, strange happenings, endurance, regret, and hope that serve as little postcards from the lonely regions of the human heart.
These tales of wonder and woe are about people trying to find meaning and a place in an indifferent world, and their discoveries, revelations, secrets, failures, struggles, connections, and odd encounters along their way –

– some young adults go into the basement to get sad, in order to impress girls.
– two unemployed men steal dogs and run them through buildings around town.
– a man goes on what turns into the worst date in recorded history.
– you are asked to baby sit for a neighbor, only to find a giant baby waiting for you.
– a man comes home to find his entire yard and home paved over by a long lost rival.
– a clerk at a used record store finds a man has passed away on one of the couches.
– a stranger extracts a baby from a man waiting for the bus.


With themes of longing, fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, regret, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, ennui, loneliness, irresponsible behavior, confusion, change, identity, and absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and absurdism of Donald Barthelme and Steve Martin.


what others are saying:

In what if I got down on my knees Rauch writes with his trademark surprise, humor and joyous confusion. These stories reflect the strangeness of our lives with distressing accuracy.

—John Colburn, author of Psychedelic Norway


This is a wonderful book of believable absurdities, inviting us to join in the fantastic madness of a truly original voice.  You will celebrate how uncomfortable some of these stories will make you feel. You will know when “the strange” is strangely close to the truth.
-  Jim Heynen, author of the man who kept cigars in his cap, fishing for chickens, and ordinary sins





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