There is nothing more dangerous than a spooked rhinoceros. It is just before lunchtime when Huey, the prized black rhino of Broussard, Louisiana, erupts from his enclosure, trampling a zoo employee on his way to a rampage in the Cajun countryside. The incident makes the rounds online as News of the Weird, and Katherine Fontenot is laughing along with the rest of her New York office when she notices the name of the hurt zookeeper: Karen-Anne Castille—her sister.
Fifty years old, lonely, and in danger of being laid off, Katherine has spent decades trying to ignore her Louisiana roots. Forced home by Karen-Anne’s accident, she remembers everything about the bayou that she wanted to escape: the heat, the mosquitoes, and the constant, crushing embrace of family. But when forced to confront the ghosts of her past, she discovers that escape might never have been necessary.
- Verlag: Open Road Media
- Seitenzahl: 240
- Erscheinungstermin: 01.07.2014
- ISBN-13: 9781497638617
- Artikelnr.: 44628000
“Ken Wheaton’s got his Cajun on. His book is funny, raw, wrenching, a heartfelt tale of the complexities of family, love and that place we call home—and, at the end of it all, how stories help heal and restore the wounded spirit in us all.” —Ken Wells, author of Meely LaBauve and Crawfish Mountain
“One of the best novels I’ll read this year. Under all the little ruptures in our lives is a mud fight for the soul. For Wheaton the balm for it all is the story and storytelling, an essential inquiry in search of the flashes of angelism embedded in the dirt and grit of our human passage.” —Darrell Bourque, author of Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie and former Louisiana poet laureate
“Take a dysfunctional Southern family and put them on social media and it’s Katy-bar-the-door. With humor and poignancy, Wheaton shows just how strong and everlasting the call to home can be, even for those determined to escape.” —Brynn Bonner, author of Paging the Dead and Death in Reel Time
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“Delightful . . . Wheaton writes with an infectious energy.” —Publishers Weekly
“Warmed my heart faster than a double shot of Wild Turkey and kept me laughing through the night. This is a rollicking irreverent debut. It’s also a charming love story with a heart as big as Louisiana. I am a huge Ken Wheaton fan.” —Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook
“Readers need to hold on to their hats because Wheaton’s roller-coaster ride of a book has hilarious highs that plunge to soul-baring angst, then zoom back up to the top.” —Booklist