Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire by Poe Ballantine
A Novel (Edgar Adventures)

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"It’s impossible not to be charmed by Edgar Donahoe (Publishers Weekly)," and he’s back for another misguided adventure. When Edgar is expelled from college for drunkenly bellowing expletives from a dorm window at 3:00 am, he hitchhikes to Colorado and trains as a cook. A postcard arrives from Edgar’s college buddy, Mountain Moses, inviting him to a Caribbean island. Once there Edgar cooks at the local tourist resort and falls in love with Mountain’s girl, Kate. He becomes embroiled in a love triangle and his troubles multiply as he is stalked by murderous island native Chollie Legion. Even Cinnamon Jim, the medicine man, is no help. Ultimately it takes a hurricane to blow Edgar out of this mess.

About Poe Ballantine

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Poe Ballantine currently lives in Chadron, Nebraska. His work has previously appeared in The Atlantic Monthly Online, The Sun, Kenyon Review and The Coal City Review. He won a Best American Short Story award in 1998, as well as garnering numerous Pushcart and Orsquo;Henry nominations. Mr. Ballantine's debut title, Things I Like About America, was published by Hawthorne Books in 2002, followed by his first novel, God Clobbers Us All in 2004 . Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada):
Published March 1, 2011 by Hawthorne Books. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young Edgar Donahoe is a burned-out surfer boy who has grown disenchanted with American society.

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