SIBA just announced their Fall 2010 Okra Picks–some of the best new southern books–and Hub City‘s My Only Sunshine by Lou Dischler (one of our distributed titles) made the list! Congratulations to Lou and Hub City!
In My Only Sunshine, nine-year-old Charlie Boone and his gravel-eating younger brother, Jute, are living with their grandparents, fixed on velvet ants and the declining health of a horse named Lunch Time. Their father has been sent upriver after a botched convenience store holdup and a walloping with a can of Crisco. Their mother, too, has vanished. Memaw and Pawpaw insist she disappeared in a hurricane. But Charlie hasn’t given up hope, fondly remembering her singing a campaign song as he dozed in her lap: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…”
When Charlie’s long-lost uncle Dan rolls up at the grandparents’ farm in a stolen Buick—the trunk loaded with erotic contraband, a beautiful girlfriend at his side—the misadventures begin. This hilarious novel builds to an uproarious climax in which an alligator is loosed from a suitcase, the Holy Ghost pays a visit, and Charlie’s once-lowlife family is raised up by a 5-million-ton geological oddity—what Pawpaw calls “an honest to God fact of nature.” Buckle up for a big dose of Cajun comedy as Charlie takes charge.
Read an excerpt of the book on Lou Dischler’s Web site. And if you’re planning on attending the SIBA trade show Sunday, September 26, you’ll have a chance to meet Lou at “movable feast of authors.” We’ll see you there, Lou!