Happy Talk by Richard Melo
A Novel

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...Melo is a great spinner of yarns through polyphonic hearsay.
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Gun-slinging American student nurses and boozy New York–playwrights-turned-educational-filmmakers find themselves stuck in the Haiti of 1955 as part of a government plan to pump up tourism and turn the Magic Island into the next Hawaii. The story follows the travels of Culprit Clutch, who appears mostly through rumor and innuendo, and his strange encounters with a plane-hopping British spy, Haitian street magicians, and a Scandinavian zombie. Josie, Culprit's ghostly paramour with a morphine habit, may or may not have voodoo spirits flowing through her, but the power-mad doctor channeling Baron Samedi is sure as hell bent on Culprit's destruction. The novel’s cascading epilogues include a legendary car race down the length of Mexico; street theatre in Golden Gate Park, circa 1968; a Skylab mutiny; origins of the musical comedy Godspell; and cameos by the Nation of Islam and early followers of Jim Jones.

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Richard Melo has written for Publishers Weekly, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, and The Believer. A graduate of San Francisco State University, he lives in Portland, OR where the world's rivers and oceans are always falling from the sky.
Published June 25, 2013 by Red Lemonade. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 22 2013

...Melo is a great spinner of yarns through polyphonic hearsay.

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