Paradise Dogs: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jun 7, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
6 Reviews

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

 

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User Review  - pmla1028 - LibraryThing

The characters in Paradise Dogs are quirky and the story is wacky. The author's writing is so descriptive you feel like you've stepped right into the hot, humid Florida setting. I really wanted to like the book, but I just didn't connect with the main character. Read full review

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User Review  - DuffDaddy - LibraryThing

Wow! What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? The characters are all uniquely Florida and the situations in the novel could really happen in this zany state! I look forward to future outings from this better than average writer. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
25
Section 4
39
Section 5
46
Section 6
71
Section 7
88
Section 8
100
Section 11
172
Section 12
197
Section 13
217
Section 14
236
Section 15
249
Section 16
261
Section 17
281
Section 18
300

Section 9
119
Section 10
144
Section 19
309
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About the author (2011)

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.

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