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"A celebration of tenacious spirits...Sandlin's is a book about running into ...
"A celebration of tenacious spirits...Sandlin's is a book about running into the sun and keeping on, with humor, passion, and faith...."--Los Angeles Times
With praise coming from critics and readers alike, Tim Sandlin is clearly a name to watch. In addition to rave literary reviews, Drew Barrymore, Tom Arnold, and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon are all big fans of this Wyoming writer, who turns the mundane into high comedy.
With Lana Sue's name tattooed on his back, Loren is determined to win his love's affection. He got the tattoo during his high school years, but Lana Sue's affections did not come until nearly 18 years later, after both had been married and divorced. While Loren is on a mission to discover himself high above the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Lana Sue decides she has had enough and takes off for parts unknown, equipped with the shirt on her back, a pair of jeans, and a $20 bill.
A frustrated country singer with hopes of someday becoming the next Patsy Cline, Lana Sue has had enough of Loren's odd behavior. To make matters even worse, Lana Sue's daughter Cassie is sleeping with Lana Sue's ex-boyfriend. But when Lana Sue bumps into a suicidal rancher who takes her home to meet his dysfunctional family, she begins to realize that her family situation is really not so bad.
Meanwhile, Loren's trip to the woods has taken a turn for the worse, as a crazed gunman stalks him among the flora and fauna. Recalling episodes from the life he is trying to save, Loren is headed into a showdown with his past, and only Lana Sue can help him. Filled with a crew of off-kilter characters, Western Swing is a country song -- funny, sad, and unbelievably true -- come to life. 6th.
Q: Who are some of your all-time favorite authors?
A: Larry McMurtry, Walker Percy, the Johns -- Nichols, Steinbeck, and Irving -- Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Sue Grafton.
Q: We all know that Drew Barrymore is a huge fan of your writing. Are you a fan of her work?
A: Drew is an amazing human being. Her method of acting is to become whatever character she is playing, which means she should choose her roles carefully,because that's who she is going to be for a while. Yes, I enjoy watching her work.
Q: Do you still enjoy living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming?
A: I love Jackson Hole and don't want to live anywhere else, even in winter, when it's 40 below zero.
Q: Have you read anything recently that you absolutely loved?
A: Hardcastle by John Yount, The Merry Heart by Robertson Davies.... I just started Burning the Days by James Salter, and I bought a book of poetry by Stephen Dobyns recently that knocked me over.
Q: I noticed that your résumé includes some pretty interesting work, or so it seems on the surface. Which past job would you consider to be the most interesting? Why?
A: Fifteen years before my first publication, I took an off-season job skinning elk, because I knew someday it would look cool on a dust jacket. My favorite job was trail inventory for the Forest Service. They lose trails over the years and have to send someone out to find them. Mostly, though, I was a Chinese cook. I rolled over 20,000 egg rolls.
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