Set in the American Southw est, forty miles rth of Juarez, Casey Gray's ambitious, tragicomic, and ultimately redemptive vel follow s a group of customers and employees through the twenty-four hour work cycle as they seek comfort and sustenance inside of the cinderblock walls of a classic American institution - The Superstore.On the eve of the company president's visit to the store, a manager's drunk text to a co worker leads to a series of consequences as brutal as they are wide-ranging.With a cast of characters featuring Ernesto, a local gang member struggling to choose a job pushing carts over a desultory life as a drug dealer; Wilma, a grandmother working double shifts to support her family; and Keith, a high school student with a penchant for filmmaking, Gray offers a startlingly humane, utterly contemporary portrait of life on the suburban fringe. A vision of an America barely getting by and assaulted by crime, corruption, and exploitation in all of its manifestations, Discount is nevertheless a triumphant and bighearted vel that marks the arrival of a new voice we won't soon forget.
Casey Gray teaches creative writing, literature and lexical rhetoric at New Mexico State University. His work has appeared in Ploughshares. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and two sons. This is his first novel.