Vox Populi

A Novel of the Common Man

Southwestern Encounters with the Strange and Poignant

Moving, quirky, strange, revealing, and terrifying encounters with total strangers, average people going about their day-to-day lives, but taking time to reveal their unique experiences.

Often funny, sometimes sad, always poignant, their voices reveal both the comedy and tragedy of life, and expose the unique humanity behind the anonymous faces of the ordinary person.

Clay Reynolds is the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

Cover Art by Nancy Parsons, Graphic Design Group


This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Selections of this volume were previously published under the title “Hoi Polloi” and earlier forms in the following:
Callaloo. 32.2 (2009): 454-464.
descant. 50 (2011): 40-58.
Texas Review. 32.38.4 (2011): 44-71.

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eISBN: 978-1-62579-527-4

Copyright 2013 by Clay Reynolds

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