Whirlaway (Paperback)

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Whirlaway (Paperback)


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After spending decades in a facility for the criminally insane that he probably didn’t belong in, Eddie Plum is assisted in escape by a sympathetic actor who is playing the part of the institution’s administrator. When refuge life in the tiny island village owned by the wealthy father who has disowned him becomes unbearably dull, he sets off for horse tracks and adventure. A chance meeting with an old friend opens up a mystery that leads him to question his own sanity, and everyone else’s. With the help of a telepathic dog Eddie manages to keep it together long enough to become a reputable antique vinyl record dealer and reunite with his long lost love before his life comes full circle.
In his latest novel Poe Ballantine serves up what his cult of loyal fans have come to expect, which is a fast-paced exploration of the gritty madness of underdogs and outsiders, told with a superb wit and artistry that blends Mark Twain and Hunter Thompson with Charles Bukowski and Carl Hiaasen while maintaining a distinct style of his own. If you enjoy screwball characters scrambling through the goat rodeo of their own questionable choices, and laugh-out-loud page turners, Whirlaway will spin you right where you want to be.

— From Joshua's Picks

Eddie Plum, who insists he's been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, manages to finally escape after fourteen years of incarceration to start his life anew.

On the run, he holes up in a sheltered barrio on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean owned by his wealthy but unsympathetic father. Here he meets Sweets, the telepathic dog, laments the loss of Sofia, his madhouse lover, and plays the horses at the Del Mar Racetrack. Eventually he meets up with an old friend, Shelly Hubbard, a fellow horseplayer, record collector/dealer, and hardcore loner, who tells him about his brother, Donny, dead at the age of eighteen from a tragic dive off a thirty-foot La Jolla sea cliff known as the Clam.

Eddie discovers a family secret and wants to help, but by then he's already embroiled in the psychotic incident with the Tijuana prostitutes, the madhouse lover, and the police, who are hot on his tail. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride has nothing on Whirlaway, a hilarious novel of escaped mental patients, horseplayers, and record collectors.
Poe Ballantine currently lives in Chadron, Nebraska. The documentary of the same title as Ballantine's memoir, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, won the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Hot Doc Award as well as the Big Sky award, given to the film that captures the spirit of the American West. Michael Moore included filmmaker Dave Jannetta's Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere at the Traverse City Film Festival and the documentary was also a finalist for the Philadelphia Geek Award. To view the trailer click here: https: //youtu.be/eBvBKa4KJpg. Ballantine's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Sun, Kenyon Review, and The Coal City Review. In addition to garnering numerous Pushcart and O. Henry nominations, Mr. Ballantine's work has been included in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories 1998 and The Best American Essays 2006.
Product Details ISBN: 9780997068399
ISBN-10: 0997068396
Publisher: Hawthorne Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 191
Language: English