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Y'All's Problem: A Wild Costa Rican Love Story That Takes a Wrong Turn Into the Gulf
     

Y'All's Problem: A Wild Costa Rican Love Story That Takes a Wrong Turn Into the Gulf

by Michael Patrick Welch
 
Working among beautiful undocumented immigrants in a lurid pizza restaurant, Patrick falls for Alana, 10-years his junior, soon to be married -- not the smartest of pursuits, but who can blame him once amazing Alana reciprocates? Patrick soon finds himself alone in Costa Rica, Alana's country, as beautiful and untamed as she. Awaiting her arrival in this gorgeous

Overview

Working among beautiful undocumented immigrants in a lurid pizza restaurant, Patrick falls for Alana, 10-years his junior, soon to be married -- not the smartest of pursuits, but who can blame him once amazing Alana reciprocates? Patrick soon finds himself alone in Costa Rica, Alana's country, as beautiful and untamed as she. Awaiting her arrival in this gorgeous purgatory, Pat attempts to befriend surly Milton Chapman, a published author lost in a fog of light drugs and legal prostitution, being crushed under the weight of a fame perhaps imaginary.

As much about animals (mollusks) as humans (mothers), Y'all's Problem winds through the similar ecosystems of Florida and Costa Rica until Pat, Alana and Milton finally crash together in the book's explosive conclusion. In Pat's tale, many mistakes won't be corrected. Others made at the beginning, may repeat near the end. This is not literature's typical path. But to those who cannot follow...well, that's Y'all's Problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615549743
Publisher:
Dirty Coast
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Most New Orleanians know me as the opinionated guy who writes often about music and art for Gambit Weekly, OffBeat and AntiGravity magazines.

Others know me as the author of "The Donkey Show" (Equator Books) a 2003 novel about moving to New Orleans, bussing tables and teaching in an almost scary public high school. "The Donkey Show" won me famous fans like author and creator of HBO's Bored to Death, Jonathan Ames, vampire author Poppy Z. Brite, and New Orleans own Andrei Corescu, who called me a "comic genius," though I'd bet he'd just gotten back from Molly's Bar when he wrote that blurb...

Still, some others who don't know me at all, know me as the writer of "New Orleans: the Underground Guide" (UNO Press) a controversial book which I believe has been UNO Press' top selling title for two years in a row. The 250 page music and art focused guidebook - the first of its kind - details all of New Orleans non-traditional bands, art galleries, thrift shops, record stores, tattoo shops, comedy clubs etc. It features tons of gorgeous photos, plus travel advice from Andrei Codrescu and rapper Juvenile, etc.

So far, nobody knows me as the writer of "Y'all's Problem" (Dirty Coast), my 2012 novel, which is set mainly in Costa Rica, and took me seven years of hard, consistent work, in between self-imposed writers residencies in that country.

Before all of that, I honed my writing/reporting chops at the esteemed St. Petersburg Times newspaper in Florida. My freelance writing has since appeared in national publications such as Newsweek, SPIN and several Village Voice publications. The publishing house McSweeney's, helmed by author Dave Eggers, published the first chapter of "The Donkey Show" on their website, and I later helped them compile "Voices of Witness," an oral history book about Hurricane Katrina.

Over the last six years I have pioneered an English class that uses music to help students practice their writing. The kids record their own music and lyrics, and also write album reviews of New Orleans artists, which are published in local magazines that pay kids for their writing. My students' recent album was written about in the New York Times. Most recently, I have joined a special team put together by The Lens paper and website to cover New Orleans' abundance of charter schools. I have also been selling a lot of copies of "New Orleans: the Underground Guide" at a small table outside the bookstore on Frenchmen during music festivals.

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