Paradise Dogs by Man Martin
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Adam Newman once had it all. But then he lost it.
Now Adam yearns to reunite with his estranged wife, Evelyn, and recapture the Edenic life they once had running Paradise Dogs, the roadside hot-dog restaurant now legendary throughout central Florida.
He has a few obstacles along the way. For starters, there’s his impending marriage to Lily. There’s also the matter of a quarter million dollars’ worth of diamonds that he mislaid, along with what appears to be a shadowy conspiracy that is buying up land around the Cross-Florida Canal (and which may or may not be a product of Adam’s alcohol-infused imagination).
Despite his own troubles---and a brief stay in Chattahoochee---Adam looks to mentor his son, Addison, in the ways of love. Awkward, unsure, and employed as the world’s least accurate obituary writer, Addison pines for a beautiful and painfully earnest linguistic student but must compete for her attention with his older and more sophisticated half brother from Evelyn’s first marriage.
But if anybody can set these worlds in order, it is Adam, who has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time and allowing others to believe he’s someone he’s not. Whether it’s delivering a baby, rescuing a marriage, or exposing a Communist conspiracy, our protagonist is up for the job. Paradise Dogs, from Georgia Author of the Year Award winner Man Martin, is a farcical tale of paradise lost, the American Dream, and the true measures of love


 

About Man Martin

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Man Martin spent his childhood in Florida and Georgia and currently teaches high school English in Atlanta. He is the author of Days of the Endless Corvette, which won the 2008 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A nostalgic Floridian with an unsound mind fumbles his way through a series of misadventures and reconciliations.

May 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Paradise Dogs: A Novel

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Florida real estate agent Adam Newman is a befuddled and besotted charmer who wants what he can't have and pretends to be what he isn't in this zany second novel from Martin (Days of the Endless Corve

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Paradise Dogs: A Novel

Historical Novel Society

A description of Lily’s space-age repast made me laugh: “Her breakfast contained nothing unsanctified by modern chemistry.” And of an angry Evelyn, “Seldom had coffee been poured in a manner of such unspoken rebuke.” The minor characters were colorful, and I learned something about old Orlando, o...

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Portland Book Review

“Adam Newman always stood ready to apply himself when needed, and if he wasn’t needed — for example if Adam Newman, Real Estate speculator and erstwhile Restauranteur wasn’t required, Adam Newman, Veterinarian, or Adam Newman, Attorney at Law was — he stood ready to offer that too.”

Apr 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Paradise Dogs: A Novel

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Paradise Dogs, from Georgia Author of the Year Award winner Man Martin, is a farcical tale of paradise lost, the American Dream, and the true measures of love When CIA agent Bailey Serborne hooked up for a night of explosive sex with Australian Secret Intelligence agent Trent Daylen ...

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