From the author of National Book Award finalist Salvation on Sand Mountain, a "bracingly original American adventure story" (Publishers Weekly) about a quest for a (very) small piece of the American Dream After his father's death, Dennis Covington plunges into a Florida shootout to claim his only inheritance, two and a half worthless acres of land that his father bought in a real estate scam-but the more determined he becomes to share his father's dream with his own children, the more it seems that his true legacy is bad judgment in real estate. In a tale filled with characters drawn from a Florida like Flannery O'Connor's Georgia, Covington finds his life threatened, his truck torched, and his small cabin shot up and vandalized, but he clings to his inheritance with heartbreaking tenacity. Redneck Riviera is at once a comic and tender celebration of family, a brilliant look at the clash of values tearing much of rural America apart, and a bittersweet comment on our age-old passion to possess and transform the land.
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Dennis Covington is the author of two novels, a memoir, and Salvation on Sand Mountain. He is also a journalist and a professor of literature at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.
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Book Description Counterpoint 2005-01-04, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 1582432961. Bookseller Inventory # Z1582432961ZN
Book Description Counterpoint, 2004. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle--a marshy shore of strip malls, miniature golf, giant slides, and motels--has long been a vacation magnet for the working poor of the rural South. Every year, Dennis Covington's father, Sam, brought his family to the "Redneck Riviera" and it seemed there was no place he was happier. Florida, the idea of Florida, was an intoxicant to him. In 1965 he made the only investment of his life--two and a half acres of an inland Florida development called River Ranch Acres. Years after his death, the development went bankrupt, setting the stage for a classic, often violent, confrontation over land use and property rights. Deed in hand, Dennis Covington journeys into the Wild West of the Redneck Riviera to claim his only inheritance. Filled with characters drawn from a Florida more like Flannery O'Connor's Georgia, Covington's quest charts a dangerous course-his life is threatened, his truck torched, and his small plot shot up and vandalized--as his father's passion to possess the land becomes his own. At once a personal journey as well as a brilliant look at the clash of values that is tearing much of rural America apart, Redneck Riviera is also a lament for the consequences of our age-old passion to possess and transform the land. Covington's plunge into this Wild West shootout is a riveting story of one American trying to claim his legacy in a place beyond the law. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1582432961
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Book Description Counterpoint, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-179-16-7283517