Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road


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$15.95  $14.83
Luna Blue Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.58 inches | 0.71 pounds

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About the Author

Before running away from home, Anthony Lee Head was a trial lawyer, history teacher, and martial arts instructor living in San Francisco. In a fit of middle-aged madness, Tony and his wife Cheri drove 3500 miles to begin a new life in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. There they bought a run-down hostel near the Caribbean Sea, which they transformed into an award-winning hotel and bar. Living in a white sand and blue water paradise, they rented rooms, poured drinks, ate tacos, blogged about their unconventional life, practiced their Spanglish, and navigated the endless challenges of living and working in a foreign land. After a decade of inhabiting the wonderfully strange world of expats, they returned to California, bringing with them a pack of rescue animals-four dogs and six cats. After settling just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Tony began formal practice as an ordained lay Zen Buddhist, while beginning to indulge his inner storyteller. Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road, which has been named to the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020, is his first book. He is currently working on both a new novel and a memoir based on his adventures in Mexico. Connect with him at www.anthonyleehead.com, via email at [email protected], or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/anthonyleehead


"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.