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A love story set in the days leading up to World War II, when a monied dilettante returns from Europe to his rural boyhood home and finds that the people are more excited in an imminent dam project than in his decades as a sodden globe-trotter. The reason for his sudden return is dogged by rumors of scandal, though the true motive may be to rekindle the one relationship that drove him from the town in the first place.

PROMETHEUS FIT TO BE TIED, by Paul Hawkins, is a prodigiously original novel, crackling with the electricity of singular characters and an authorial voice that’s sly, playful, and resonant.
--Lou Berney

"If we say that Atticus Finch meets Gatsby in a tale told by L. Frank Baum, it's not to decry the originality of this book, but only to give the reader some idea of what they are in for. There's a sly beguiling slant to the highly entertaining narrative - when you look back, you find you've ended in a different place to where the story seemed to be headed."

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Set in the sub-suburbs, where trailer park and white-flight neighborhood rub elbows, a young man tries to escape the shadow of his genius but despairing father only to find himself subjected to the same temptations to find the answers to life in a radio device designed to talk to angels or the dead. Comedy, tragedy, bildungsroman and farce, all under the sickly green streetlight outside the last convenience store before nowhere.

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Even felt pushed too far? These guys did. Four (plus) comic shorts chronicle the misadventures of average joes who got pushed too far by the system. Mayhem, heroism, and comic vengefulness ensue. Includes: “Middleburg - A Zeppelin-Friendly Community”; “Punchasfish”; “Zoomobile 3000”; and “High Crimes and Misdemeanors" plus bonus stories. Have a laugh - it's okay to root against the overdog.

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Novellas and short, sharp shocks (blog)

About the Author

It’s True

I have survived 60 years and come no wherever near fame - but I enjoy writing and have created some pretty good stuff. I'm proud of it, anyway, and appreciate the chance to share it.

 

About Me

I grew up Catholic in fundamentalist Oklahoma where we might as well have been a different species. Also, I grew up in the space age, when they were launching the rockets that put men on the Moon. How has this influenced my writing? I am skeptical but optimistic, guarded but with room for hope if one has the strength of will to stay true to one's convictions and see past the BS.My literary influences are Flannery O’Connor, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Mark Twain.

 

Get it while it’s hot, get baptized down at the old creek, just get it. There’s a story among mine that’s right for you. Humor, pathos, bad decisions, heroic feats from the least likely - usually but not always set in rural Oklahoma. 

 

Somewhere among my works is the right story for you. 

 

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