Daniel Wallace (of Big Fish Fame) comes to The Country Bookshop!
Daniel Wallace (of Big Fish fame) likes to say EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES (Published by St. Martin’s Press; On-sale May 30, 2017; $25.99) began with four words: “Bronfman won a prize,” and out of them sprung 100,000 more. Wallace knew immediately that his main character, Edsel Bronfman, with a last name like Bronfman, would be a man whose situation in life was unremarkable (indeed, when we meet him he’s working as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware, living in a seedy neighborhood, and spending his free time with his mother) and who could be made happy by something, anything.
So, when Edsel gets a call from Carla D’Angelo, operator 61217 at Extraordinary Adventures, alerting him to the fact he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida, he is flabbergasted. But, there are conditions, seemingly insurmountable obstacles: the offer is intended for a couple, and it expires in 79 days. Carla persists, “Anything could happen in 79 days…” The phone call jolts Edsel into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway.
It is a departure from Wallace’s earlier novels (Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam), in that it strays away from the fantastic, but his trademark warmth and humor remain wholly intact. Early readers are falling in love with Edsel Bronfman, and I hope you do too.
Daniel Wallace is a big fan of The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanaties. He is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels, Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam.
"Ignatious Riley, Forrest Gump, Sugar Mecklin…add to this list of unforgettably lovable Southern characters the name Edsel Bronfman, the thirty-four-year-old boy who meets the world in Daniel Wallace’s funny and tender new novel about the first times that still await us all.”
—M.O. Walsh, author of My Sunshine Away
“A timely reminder of the transformative powers of friendship, this big-hearted story about an unlikely Casanova is the perfect companion for readers craving adventure on the high seas of suburbia, along with major laughs.”
—Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
“Edsel Bronfman is one of the most peculiar and inhibited characters I’ve ever met.
At first I was amused by him, then alarmed by him, then terrified for him. At one point,
he almost broke my heart, and I realized I’d fallen completely in love. Daniel Wallace’s EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES is deliciously funny, moving, and generous,
and Edsel is unforgettable.”
—Mark Childress, author of One Mississippi and Georgia Bottom