Buddha Was a Cowboy


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$16.95  $15.76
Gibson House Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Junior Burke's The Cold Last Swim (Gibson House Press, 2020) was one of five finalists for a Sidewise Award, the annual prize for novels of Alternate History. His short fiction was included in the anthologies Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015 and Collectibles, published in 2021. Buddha Was a Cowboy is shortlisted for the Mark Twain 2022 Chanticleer International Book Awards for Humor and Satire and on the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West fiction longlist. He lives in Colorado.


"Author and songwriter Burke's . . . portrayal of academic arts administration is both good-natured and razor-sharp. Enthusiastically recommended for fans of Julie Schumacher (Dear Committee Members; The Shakespeare Requirement), Jane Smiley (Moo), and Tom Perrotta (Tracy Flick Can't Win)." --Booklist

Praise for the author's previous novel, The Cold Last Swim "Burke's narrative is a whirlwind escape."--PopMatters "Set in an alternate-timeline version of golden-age Hollywood, it kicks off with James Dean shooting Ronald Reagan during a live TV broadcast in 1954 and gets stranger from there."--Chicago Reader "Entertaining and surprising all the way to the end."--Alex Cox, director-writer of Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, and author of The President and the Provocateur: The Parallel Lives of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald "Smartly noirish rhythms and a cast of colorful, quirky characters."--Lorraine Devon Wilke, author of The Alchemy of Noise and After the Sucker Punch "A joy from beginning to end."--June Skinner Sawyers, co-editor, Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen