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The Hope Valley Hubcap Kingby Sean Murphy
Winner of the Hemingway Award for a First Novel
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Time, The Universe, And America...
In a country a lot like our own, in a time a little bit like now, Bibi Brown has an unbearable urge to understand the meaning of Time, the Universe, and America. So begins his extraordinary quest — careening through a world of bizarre cults, gravity-defying crones, and lunatics of every stripe — all for a chance to meet his long-lost Uncle Otto, a legendary junk-dealer who lives on the Hope Valley Hubcap Ranch. Because in a world that is spinning a little too fast, and a little too wildly, Bibi's destiny is to find the essence of hope, the beauty of hubcaps, and the meaning of life in the Valley of the Hubcap King...
With a touch of Candide, a dash of Don Quixote, and healthy dose of Zen, Sean Murphy?s wondrous, riotous novel is the story of an ordinary man searching through a hilariously off-kilter world — for the truths that might just save us all.
"[A]t once ingenious, exhilarating and pleasantly frustrating....Filled with clever literary references and told in a decidedly intellectual style, this book has 'future cult classic' written all over it." Publishers Weekly
"A rich, vast, and slyly comedic novel that leaves you laughing and weeping. Read and rejoice." Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
About the Author
A Zen practitioner for the past fifteen years, Sean Murphy is also the author of The Hope Valley Hubcap King and One Bird, One Stone: 108 American Zen Stories (Renaissance Press). The winner of the 1999 Hemingway Award for a First Novel, he has produced and directed documentary films, founded a theatre company, and performed as a songwriter and guitarist. He teaches writing seminars in the US and abroad, and is an instructor in writing, literature and film at the University of New Mexico. He lives with his wife, Tania, in northern New Mexico.
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