Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road
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"In Driftwood, Joseph Conrad collides with Jimmy Buffett in a journey through the dark heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya. Weaving together the tales of American expats fleeing their mundane lives in the States for crystal-blue Caribbean water-and far too many pitchers of margaritas-author Anthony Lee Head makes it all so real because he has lived that life."
Bob Calhoun, bestselling author and journalist
Anthony Lee Head's delightful book Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road snuck up on me like a stealthy lover, seized me and carried me away on every page. Life in Mexico is perceived with a sense of compassion and clarity. Don't miss it."
Peter Coyote, author, actor, Emmy award winner
"As someone with an innate wanderlust and many extended years in faraway lands, this book completely transported me into the notion of, 'what if I REALLY stayed?' The romance and repose of an idyllic beach, the camaraderie with fellow expats, the complexities of leaving all things familiar-and the harsh truths of living in the third world. These captivating characters, on their Margarita Road, intimately escorted me beyond my own return flights. Great read."
Adam Briles, producer/director of Survivor and The Contender
"The setting for these sunlit, beguiling stories is Playa Paraiso, a Mexican beach town not yet overrun by high-rise resorts and franchise restaurants, and its characters are the wide range of people who come there seeking an earthly paradise. These tales of human foibles range from funny to touching, memorable to unforgettable."
Cyra McFadden, bestselling author
"...somewhere between Jimmy Buffett and John Steinbeck, Driftwood hums with hardscrabble characters washed up on a Mexican beach and the wisdom found at the bottom of a glass."
Joel Selvin, bestselling author, award-winning journal
"This debut collection of short stories features an exotic location populated by believable people ... Some stories are humorous; some are poignant; some defy description ...There are also "Margaritaville"-type reflections and paeans to life off the middleclass, money-grubbing grid ... The author is at his best with tales that may be rooted in the local milieu but are really universal. Truly wonderful and moving tales; the author is a writer to watch."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"...an inspirational collection of interconnected short stories. Opening with moving vignettes, each powerfully conveys wanderlust, freedom, the search for paradise, and something more. With an exceptional writing style, Head brings the Mexican Caribbean beachside to life in beautifully crafted, heart-lifting tales. Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road is a 2021 Discovery Awards winner in the Best First Book category.