Cherokee Spleen

Cherokee Spleen

by David Elliott


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When you've had four near-death experiences, you have to wonder who's screwing up: you or God.
Step inside the mind of Andy Penny, underachieving 40-year old Florida trailer park resident, perpetual dead-end employee, and uninterested survivor. Revel in Andy's existence as he uses his near-death experiences as small talk but never truly wonders why he's still alive.
Then, watch through Andy's inebriated eyes as he sees an episode of Cops filmed in Des Moines, Iowa. Feel the complete and total shock as Andy realizes the meth-addicted domestic abuse victim he's watching is none other than Allyson Price - his "it girl." His one that got away. His one true love, Allyson, who disappeared from his life suddenly and completely one night a dozen years earlier, a night Andy was run over by a car.
Commiserate with Andy as a wave of introspection nearly drowns him, and he comes to the realization that maybe he hasn't been just not dying. Feel the epiphany when it occurs to him that maybe he's been kept alive - for a purpose. Steel yourself with Andy's resolve as he enlists the help of his fiery neighbor Rudy to embark upon a crusade to fulfill this newfound purpose: saving Allyson Price from her squalid existence.
Ride along on the journey north, armed with white trash courage, random fortune cookies, Rudy's unorthodox means of providing for them, and the gearshift from a '95 Jeep Wrangler. Keep yourself focused as events get increasingly ominous and surreal along the way, and, whatever you do, hold on tight as Andy's story culminates in some dumpy trailer somewhere.
And don't forget: nobody ever listens.
Part black comedy, part psychological thriller, Cherokee Spleen is a fast-paced, darkly humorous story of one barely-alive slacker's search for purpose in a world where there seems to be none.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492901181
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/10/2013
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

David Elliott is a native of the Florida panhandle, aka "The Redneck Riviera." After a 21-year long military career, which took him from Florida to Korea to Germany to Iraq (and many points in between), he is now living in Colorado with his wife and daughters.

He is the co-author of Fluke with Bart Hopkins, and his novel cherokee spleen will be released on November 12, 2013. Visit him at, on Facebook at, and follow him on Twitter @cherokeespleen.

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