Thin Blue Smoke: A Novel about Music, Food, and Love

Doug Worgul (Author)
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Description

An epic American redemption tale about love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbecue and the blues. LaVerne Williams is a ruined ex-big league ballplayer, an ex-felon with an attitude problem, and the owner of a barbecue joint he has to run. Ferguson Glen is an Episcopal priest, a fading literary star with a drinking problem, and a past he is running from. A.B. Clayton and Sammy Merzeti are two lost souls in need of love, understanding, and another cigarette. Hilarious and heart-rending, sacred and profane, this book marks the emergence of a vital new voice in American fiction.

Product Details

Price
$18.00
Publisher
Bower House
Publish Date
June 02, 2015
Pages
460
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.2 X 8.4 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781942280118
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About the Author

Doug Worgul is the director of marketing at Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que and a nationally recognized authority on American barbecue traditions. He has worked as an editor, features editor, and senior book editor at The Kansas City Star. He is the author of The Grand Barbecue and A Table Full of Welcome. He lives in Leawood, Kansas.

Reviews

""As Norman Maclean's "A River Runs Through It" does for Montana fly-fishing, Doug Worgul's "Thin Blue Smoke" makes the poetry of Kansas City barbecue accessible to all readers. More than gorgeous prose and fully developed characters, this novel offers us catharsis." --Matthew Quick, author, "The Silver Linings Playbook
""As Norman Maclean s "A River Runs Through It" does for Montana fly-fishing, Doug Worgul s "Thin Blue Smoke" makes the poetry of Kansas City barbecue accessible to all readers. More than gorgeous prose and fully developed characters, this novel offers us catharsis." Matthew Quick, author, "The Silver Linings Playbook"
""""In our world of increasing isolation and infidelity, "Thin Blue Smoke "stirs our imaginations with the hope of what is possible through deep and tenacious friendships." C. Christopher Smith, editor, "The Englewood Review of Books"
"""Thin Blue Smoke" is a wandering through a community bound by their shared histories, their dreams, and the food they love. It reminds me of the best things in life. And Doug Worgul has done what all great writers strive to do: make you crave for more." Rajiv Joseph, playwright, "Gruesome Playground Injuries"
""[There is a] sort of Buechnarian tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale that laces this novel . . . It reminded me of a couple of my favorite books: David James Duncan s "The Brother s K" and Anne Tyler s "Saint Maybe." The characters of "Thin Blue Smoke" are not unlike most of us sidetracked and puzzled, reaching for something they can t quite name." Dale Brown, founding director, Buechner Institute""
"As Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It does for Montana fly-fishing, Doug Worgul's Thin Blue Smoke makes the poetry of Kansas City barbecue accessible to all readers. More than gorgeous prose and fully developed characters, this novel offers us catharsis." --Matthew Quick, author, The Silver Linings Playbook
"In our world of increasing isolation and infidelity, Thin Blue Smoke stirs our imaginations with the hope of what is possible through deep and tenacious friendships." --C. Christopher Smith, editor, The Englewood Review of Books
"Thin Blue Smoke is a wandering through a community bound by their shared histories, their dreams, and the food they love. It reminds me of the best things in life. And Doug Worgul has done what all great writers strive to do: make you crave for more." --Rajiv Joseph, playwright, Gruesome Playground Injuries
"[There is a] sort of Buechnarian tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale that laces this novel . . . It reminded me of a couple of my favorite books: David James Duncan's The Brother's K and Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe. The characters of Thin Blue Smoke are not unlike most of us--sidetracked and puzzled, reaching for something they can't quite name." --Dale Brown, founding director, Buechner Institute