Sunflower Dog: Dancing the Flathead Shuffle
by Kevin Winchester
Sally Hinson could have guessed that his business partner would leave him a heap of trouble along with their real-estate holdings, but not that his partner’s last shady deal would see him competing with a growing group of oddballs, and their unusual dog, for a once-useless piece of land that now holds the key to each of their unique “American Dreams.” Determined scientist, Kat; anxious and unemployed expectant-father, Livingston; a pair of young weed dealers; and aspiring reality-television star Brittany and her doting but far from docile grandmother, all stand between Sally and the deal of a lifetime, but is it the deal of his dreams?
“With its cast of misfits… comic insight into human foibles… Kevin Winchester has his own voice, and as his characters move deeper into their ultimately converging quests, Sunflower Dog achieves an unexpected poignancy. A delightful novel by one of North Carolina’s best writers.”
—Ron Rash, author of PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall
“A rare delight—a rollicking dark comedy with a heart of pure gold.”
—Jessica Handler, author of the Southern Book Prize-winning The Magnetic Girl
“A rollicking read, made memorable thanks to a cast of characters destined to do for metro Charlotte what Carl Hiassen did for the state of Florida. Kevin Winchester’s deft touch leaves you alternately laughing out loud and feeling a little sad for the redneck within. Sunflower Dog is an unforgettable novel of greed, small-time crookery and improbable romance. I loved it.”
—Celia Rivenbark, author of New York Times bestseller We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier
“This is truly where art meets craft. Kevin Winchester has artfully brought to life one of the most intriguing and quirky ensembles of characters you’ll ever meet and crafted a compelling, don’t-put-it-down story. For a first novel, it’s stunningly good. For a tenth novel it would be stunningly good.”
—Robert Inman, author of Home Fires Burning and The Governor’s Lady
About the Author
Kevin Winchester holds an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte in 2005. His short story collection, “Everybody’s Gotta Eat,” was published by Main Street Rag in 2009. Ron Rash said of “Everybody’s Gotta Eat,”Winchester’s voice is all his own—unique, funny, heartfelt, an honest depiction of the world as he sees it. His voice is one to join that long tradition of Southern writers, and rightly so. “Other pieces have appeared in “Gulf Coast Literary and Arts Journal,” “Tin House,”“Story South,” “Barrel House Magazine” and the anthology Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas. Winchester was awarded the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award and he attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in 2005 on a “wait-staff” scholarship. He currently live in Waxhaw, NC, just outside of Charlotte and teaches Creative Writing and Composition classes at a small, liberal arts University.
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