Summer Road Trip Blog Tour:
Guest Post + Excerpt
Today I’m really excited to have a stop on the Last Bus to Coffeeville Summer Road Trip. I’ll be sharing Paul’s favourite books and an excerpt of the book to make you excited. Don’t forget to check out all the other stops at the end of this stop 🙂
Author: J. Paul Henderson
Release Date: April 23rd, 2014
Publisher: No Exist Press
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Genre: Commercial Literary Fiction
Amazon.co.uk (Kindle) | The London Bookshopt (epub) | Kobo (epub) | iTunes
Nancy Skidmore has Alzheimer’s and her oldest friend Eugene Chaney III once more a purpose in life – to end hers
When the moment for Gene to take Nancy to her desired death in Coffeeville arrives, she is unexpectedly admitted to the secure unit of a nursing home and he has to call upon his two remaining friends to help break her out: one his godson, a disgraced weatherman in the throes of a midlife crisis, and the other an ex-army marksman officially dead for forty years.
On a tour bus once stolen from Paul McCartney, and joined by a young orphan boy searching for lost family, the band of misfits career towards Mississippi through a landscape of war, euthanasia, communism, religion and racism, and along the way discover the true meaning of love, family and – most important of all – friendship.
Charming, uplifting and profoundly moving, Last Bus to Coffeeville is a chronicle of lives that have jumped the tracks; a tale of endings and new beginnings; a funny story about sad things.
Last Bus to Coffeeville is currently only 99p on Amazon Kindle. Go get your copy 🙂
| Paul’s Top 10 Favourite Books
This was hard!
Narrowing the list to ten makes it impossible to include some of my favourite writers. Nevertheless, I feel obliged to mention some of these also-rans by name: Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, Garrison Keillor, David Lodge, Greg Matthews, Tim Sandlin and Anne Tyler.
This done, the following are my top ten books: in alphabetical order by author.
- Jonathan Coe: What a Carve Up! A friend lent me the book, and after reading it I felt obliged to buy my own copy. Besides being a great read, it also has the funniest literary joke.
- Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections. The great American novel – as everyone says.
- Günter Grass: The Tin Drum. The sheer scope and imagination of this book stunned me; similarly Dog Years and Cat and Mouse. I’ve had difficulty, however, with his subsequent novels; in fact, I gave up on two of them.
- John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany. It was a toss-up between this and The Hotel New Hampshire. His last major novel – Last Night in Twisted River – was for me, I’m afraid to say, a real disappointment.
- Mario Vargas Llosa: The War of the End of the World. Llosa is a born storyteller. This is my favourite.
- Michael Malone: Handling Sin. A wonderful road trip novel; funny, sad, the lot.
- Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. It was difficult to choose just one of Murakami’s books – they’re all excellent. I chose this, however, because it was the first one I read. It was a birthday present and, at the time, I thought it was a joke: a 600pp novel by a Japanese writer! I’m glad to say that the joke was on me.
- Tom Robbins: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Robbins’ mind works in a different way from most. Wonderfully inventive.
- Richard Russo: Nobody’s Fool. I don’t think any living writer does humour mixed with pathos better. A very humane writer.
- Donna Tartt: The Secret History. Even though Tartt was from Mississippi, I didn’t read this book until three years ago. True, at the time of publication I didn’t know she was: it probably got lost in all the hype surrounding the book which, unfortunately, put me off buying it. Beautiful writer. The Little Friend and The Goldfinch are equally good.
Thank you so much Paul for sharing with us your favourite books 😉
‘It’s started, Gene.’
The voice was deeper than he remembered and older sounding, but there was no mistaking whose voice it was. In the same instant he also understood the meaning of what she said.
‘I’ll be right over, Nancy,’ he answered.
It was only after he put the phone down that he realised he had no idea where Nancy was.
Eight word conversations can have their limitations.
About the Author:
J Paul Henderson was born and grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, gained a Master’s degree in American Studies and travelled to Afghanistan.
He worked in a foundry, as a bus conductor, trained as an accountant and then, when the opportunity to return to academia arose, left for Mississippi, returning four years later with a doctorate in 20th CUS History and more knowledge of Darlington Hoopes than was arguably necessary. (Hoopes was a Pennsylvanian socialist and the last presidential candidate of the American Socialist Party).
American History departments were either closing or contracting, so he opted for a career in publishing, most of which was spent selling textbooks, in one position or other, for John Wiley & Sons. He lives in a house in England, drives a car and owns a television set. And that’s about it.
Last Bus to Coffeeville Tour Dates:
- Don’t forget to check out A Spoonful of Happy Endings Blog Tour Stop on Saturday, July 26th.
Monday 21st July @Franny & Perks
Tuesday 22nd July @Laura’s Little Book Blog
Wednesday 23rd July @A Cup of Coffee and a Book (Today!)
Saturday 26th July @A Spoonful of Happy Endings
Wednesday 30th July @Books, Biscuits & Tea
Friday 1st August @Writer’s Little Helper
Monday 4th August @Page to Stage Reviews
Tuesday 5th August @On My Bookshelf
Monday 11th August @A Book and a Tea
Wednesday 13th August @She Loves to Read
Friday 15th August @Laura’s Little Book Blog
Thursday 21st August @Writer’s Little Helper
Tuesday 26th August @The Reading Thing
Thank you for letting me be part of this Summer Road Trip ❤