Balloon Animals by Jonathan Dunne

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Balloon Animals is a road-trip and pilgrimage of unusual dimensions. Follow me, Jonny Rowe, on a wild goose-chase from Ireland to the USA with my American grandfather's remains in my red birthday balloon. I use 'remains' in the loosest sense of the word: my grandfather, 45, puffed his last breaths of air into my birthday balloon before suffering a massive heart attack right there at my birthday party which becomes my deathday party. Feeling responsible for 45's death and as a thank-you for filling Clinical Dad's void after leaving that questionable suicide note, I make it my quest to return 45 to his birthplace amongst the corn of Iowa, USA, suspended inside his soul-bubble. This journey might also help me with my identity-crisis ... I'm a genealogy student, by the way. And who knows, maybe I'll find love. I tend to find things when I'm not looking for them. I have more detours on my pilgrimage than I had planned because 45 isn't the man we thought we knew ... if we ever knew him. Join me on a desperate race against time to unveil the truth as my birthday balloon begins to deflate and loose 45 forever to the wind.

About Jonathan Dunne

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Jonathan Dunne is the author of 'Balloon Animals'. Admittedly, Jonathan has done things arse-ways most of his life, from completing a BA in Literature in his thirties to fitting teeth brackets (30's, porcelain). During this general confusion, Jonathan has written and published a variety of short stories. Jonathan realized that he had a penchant for scribbling when, as a child, he would join the items on his mother's shopping list: the carrots were soon blaming the cabbage for the murder. Jonathan suffers from photophobia though has a tendency towards fireworks. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, he now lives the reclusive life in Toledo Spain, as a bearded hermit, with his wife and two daughters. Jonathan can be found strolling the local cemetery in Toledo of a Saturday afternoon with his Vietnamese pot-belly pig Georgie.
Published December 8, 2013 by Jonathan Dunne. 307 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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