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Nature Girlby Carl Hiaasen
Synopses & Reviews
Honey Santana — impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed queen of lost causes — has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie — the fifteen-minute-famous girlfriend of a tabloid murderer — into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack (whose mismatched fingers are proof that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad idea). And he doesn't know he's being followed by Honey's still-smitten former drug-running ex-husband, Perry, and their wise-and-protective-way-beyond-his-years twelve-year-old-son, Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don't know they're intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white-half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who's dying to be his hostage...
Will Honey be able to make a mensch of a greedhead? Will Fry be able to protect her from Piejack — and herself? Will Sammy achieve his true Seminole self? Will Eugenie ever get to the beach? Will the Everglades survive the wild humans? All the answers are revealed in the delectably outrageous mayhem that propels this novel to its Hiaasen-of-the-highest-order climax.
"Old fans and newcomers alike should delight in Hiaasen's 11th novel (after 2004's Skinny Dip), another hilarious Florida romp. The engaging and diverse screwball cast includes Boyd Shreave, a semicompetent telemarketer; Shreave's mistress and co-worker, Eugenie Fonda; Honey Santana, a mercurial gadfly who ends up on the other end of one of Shreave's pitches for Florida real estate; and Sammy Tigertail, half Seminole, who at novel's start must figure out what to do with the body of a tourist who dies of a heart attack on Sammy's airboat after being struck by a harmless water snake. When Santana cooks up an elaborate scheme to punish Shreave for nasty comments he made during his solicitation call, she ends up involving her 12-year-old son, Fry, and her ex-husband in a frantic chase that enmeshes Tigertail and the young co-ed Sammy accidentally has taken hostage. While the absurd plot may be less than compelling, Hiaasen's humorous touches and his all-too-human characters carry the book to its satisfying close. 600,000 first printing; author tour." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"For once, the characters are funnier than their exhaustingly unpredictable interactions. The result is less satire than usual from Hiaasen, and more Rube Goldberg farce." Kirkus Reviews
"Although at times this is a gentler book than [Hiaasen's] previous outings...the breakneck narrative still makes things mighty rough for the selfish and the eco-sinning." Boston Globe
"Though he is never short of articulate and crisp dialogue, and though his deft word choices are part of the pleasure of reading him, Mr. Hiaasen sounds slightly mechanical this time. This book doesn't fall flat, but neither does it really take flight." Janet Maslin, New York Times
"For once, the characters are funnier than their exhaustingly unpredictable interactions. The result is less satire than usual from Hiaasen...and more Rube Goldberg farce." Kirkus Reviews
In his latest "New York Times" bestseller, Hiaasen introduces impassioned, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes" Honey Santana, who schemes to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls.
From "the funniest important writer in America" (Miami Herald) comes a tale that is gleefully zany and incisively sharp and now available in trade paperback for the first time.
In his latest riotous, righteous, nonstop, hilarious novel, bestselling author Hiaasen introduces impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes" Honey Santana, who has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of ten previous novels, including the best-selling Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and two best-selling children's books, Hoot and Flush. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.
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