Living among the ones and zeros of California's Silicon Valley-the coders and big-bucks brainiacs-the group of lower middle-class friends in this tale are trying to fashion futures out of whatever opportunities they can find. The group includes a would-be chef, a flirtatious (and unfaithful) waitress, a single mother with a tattoo of Bart Simpson on her shoulder, and an easy-going young man who must make some hard choices. Their story is about fortune cookies, class warfare, disease-fighting neuropeptides, strawberry rhubarb pie, and what it will take to be happy.
Al Riske is a former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in 34th Parallel magazine, the Beloit Fiction Journal, the Blue Mesa Review, Hobart, Pindeldyboz, Switchback magazine, and Word Riot. He is the author of The Possibility of Snow, Precarious, and Sabrina's Window. He lives in Sunnyvale, California.