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Sex and Sunsetsby Tim Sandlin
Synopses & Reviews
When twenty-nine-year-old professional dishwasher Kelly Palamino — who hears voices in running water; whose toilet tell him to eat fish; whose Water Pik quotes Ezra Pound — sees the dark-haired bride in full wedding regalia punt a football over the rectory before turning resolutely to walk down the aisle, it's love at first sight. And Kelly won't let a little thing like a wedding come between him and the girl of his dreams...
"Kelly Palamino's engagingly idiosyncratic voice falls somewhere between On the Road and Bright Lights, Big City. He's the Lone Ranger in love....With the help of Sandlin, an ex-pizza maker and elk skinner, Kelly sails through." People
"This first novel is as single-minded as its narrator, hammering over and over at the pitiable Kelly's unreasonable mission. Although at times charming and insightful, the narrative rarely rises above its conceit about the folksy, foul-mouthed wisdom of madness." Publishers Weekly
"Sandlin is a powerful writer and Sex and Sunsets is a funny book." Pittsburgh Press
"Though the story is far-fetched and the outcome ridiculous, yet predictable, Sandlin has a light touch and a wry humor. The next one should be better." Library Journal
"An anarchic novel that is by turns wryly observant and outrageously slapstick...a novel that shows wit and strength and a sweet sensibility toward the loser in everyone." Kansas City Star
"Kelly is full-tilt Gonzo crazy. But crazy people can make good protagonists, particularly when they narrate in their own uniquely whacked-out voice." Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Compelling....Sandlin tells his story with a poker-player's shrewdness and a cattle-roper's dexterity, catching readers between their sympathy for Palamino and a suspicion that he is one cowboy who's definitely had a tad too much loco weed." The Oregonian
"A potent cocktail mixture of Jack Kerouac, Tom Robbins and David Lynch topped off with a western twist." The Denver Post
"Tim Sandlin's first novel is impressive....[He] may be compared to Tom Robbins...but Sandlin appears to be more subtle...a fun read." The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Sandlin's a find. He's got his own somewhat wry voice, a good eye, and his prose has a freshness that I like." Larry McMurtry, author of The Last Picture Show
"I loved Kelly, someone who is obsessed with something and willing to go to any lengths to accomplish his goal." W. P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe
Meet Kelly Palamino, a successful dishwasher and failed husband described by People as "the Lone Ranger in love, riding out the rough patches on a Thorazine habit." When Kelly's wife leaves him for his best friend, he becomes color-blind and left-handed, and his toilet starts to talk. But Kelly really sails off the edge when he spies a beautiful bride just before her wedding. All Kelly has to do is convince Collette to dump her husband and take a chance on a man she thinks is crazy-before her in-laws and the law can put him away.
About the Author
Tim Sandlin is the author of the GroVont trilogy—Skipped Parts, Sorrow Floats, and Social Blunders—as well as Western Swing, Sex and Sunsets, and Honey Don't. He is also the author of a collection of columns from the Jackson Hole News called The Pyms: Unauthorized Tales of Jackson Hole.
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