Sunday, December 12, 2010

Self-Published Sunday Patrick Shannon Letters from Wheatfield

Letters from Wheatfield completes today’s trifecta of interesting books. This one is a novel that will have you laughing out loud. Patrick Shannon knows how to hit the funny bone hard and often. Here is what he has in store for you and it includes a bonus material about the author:
“Do Montanans Tell Big Fat Lies? The Truth Revealed In Witty New Book, Letters From Wheatfield Outskirts Press author Patrick Shannon does it again, this time for the grownups, in a delightful treatment of small town quirkiness. Montanans have a reputation for telling tall tales. Some cheerless individuals accuse them of downright lying. Sad to say, that is just the attitude of people who place no value on whimsy. Folks in Montana do spin imaginative yarns, but the author draws attention to an element that must be considered: the line between their fabrications and the truths that inspired them is, indeed, often a tenuous one. Sometimes, as the hilarious tales in Letters From Wheatfield reveal, the facts of small town life in Montana rival the fancy of their outlandish stories. Which parts are real, and which parts are fibs? The reader will have great fun trying to decide. The fictitious town of Wheatfield, Montana is a tiny island in a vast sea of wheat fields and cattle ranges. Its nearest neighboring towns, similarly small, are well over the horizon. But its isolation has no effect on the spirit of its inhabitants. Theirs is a society of mirthful, blithe, spritely wags - a condition abetted by the presence of not a few eccentric individuals. In Letters From Wheatfield, two transplants from Manhattan write to a cousin back home about the remarkable community that has assimilated and transmuted them - much to their amazement and great pleasure. The stories provide a rich buffet from which one may select repeatedly as one's taste-du-jour bids: The level of sophistication required to really meddle in other people's business; The "Dirty Bomb" incident at the Fill-Ups gas station; The 4H project that produced a mutant Brussels Sprout, and why it did not make it into the Wheatfield Book Of World Record Vegetables; The Senior Citizen outing with hell-raising bikers; The World's Greatest April Fool joke - with a touch of treachery; The scandal of Reverend Sycamore's fall from grace and his redeeming revelations; Albert Einstein's shocking plagiarism of a Montana boy's work. These are but a small sampling of the tantalizing victuals. Patrick Shannon's first book, Viva Cisco, was written for young readers. It is gratifying to see that his deft humor has survived this transition to a book to which adults will enjoy returning again and again. About the Author: Patrick Shannon, author of the young reader's book, Viva Cisco, currently resides in Conrad, Montana. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, he worked thirty-three years for a major oil company, bringing him rich experiences from traveling in Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. Born and raised in Southern California, Shannon attended East Carolina and Oklahoma Universities and UCLA. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi scholarship society.”
With his description it doesn’t leave much in the way of room for me to yammer about the novel itself. Suffice to say, this is a good old laugher that will make even a hardened individual smile. The aim of the novel I believe is to entertain and for enjoyment and that threshold has been reached repeatedly. I think like the other novels that I have put before you today, it is best taken in smaller doses. Why not pace yourself? Besides that, you may cause yourself injury from all the laughter. With all the self-published authors today support them; their work is quality.
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