Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road

Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road

by Anthony Lee Head
Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road

Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road

by Anthony Lee Head



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In Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road, free-spirited Americans fleeing mundane and disappointing lives head south in search of a fresh start. When they end up in Playa Paraiso—a lush, unspoiled beach town on Mexico's idyllic Caribbean coast—they discover the hedonistic and unpredictable world of the tropics.

Poppa, the savvy, irreverent owner of the local beach bar, is always willing to lend an ear and a helping hand to his fellow expats. He tells their stories of life in paradise, as together they deal with love and loss, vicious drug dealers, charming rogues, encroaching civilization, and a devastating hurricane.

The book's interwoven vignettes explore the heart's tug of war between the need for a place to call home and the desire for the freedom to roam.

Reviewers say Driftwood mixes the charm of John Steinbeck, the excitement of Joseph Conrad, and the flip-flop escapism of Jimmy Buffett—all set against a backdrop of stunning blue water and endless white sand.

Author Anthony Lee Head lived the expat life for ten years. In a fit of middle-aged madness, he traded a long career as a San Francisco trial lawyer for an unknown adventure in a foreign land. He and his wife bought a rundown hostel a few blocks from the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, which they transformed into a wildly popular hotel and bar. The characters they met there became the inspiration for Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road.

Travelers, wanderers, explorers, and dreamers alike will see themselves in these unforgettable tales, all the while craving an icy boat drink on a sprawling beach. But be careful: if you stick your feet in the sand and come along on this journey, you may not want to go home again.


"Truly wonderful and moving tales; the author is a writer to watch." ~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"...a deep, empathic humanity affords each character and event vivid authenticity." ~ Peter Coyote, bestselling author and actor

"What often starts as simply an entertaining tale ends with a message that resonates deeply. I hated for it to end. Grab a drink and a beach chair and settle in for an excellent escape." ~ Betsy Andrews, Amazon reviewer

"An inspirational collection of interconnected short stories. Opening with moving vignettes, each powerfully conveys wanderlust, freedom, the search for paradise, and something more. With an exceptional writing style, Head brings the Mexican Caribbean beachside to life in beautifully crafted, heart-lifting tales" ~ IndieReader

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162791027
Publisher: Luna Blue Books
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 440,103
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

When Anthony Lee Head unexpectedly fell in love with the tropics. he had been living in San Francisco with an established career as a trial attorney, history teacher, and martial arts instructor.

Unable to resist the call of warm breezes flowing south, he and his wife Cheri began to travel. They started exploring America’s Gulf Coast, Hawaii, Key West, New Orleans, the Caribbean Islands, Belize, and different parts of Mexico.

Finally, in a fit of middle-aged madness, they decided to make their escape from the rat race. They moved to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico where they opened a small hotel and margarita bar a few blocks from the Caribbean Sea. Living in a paradise of white sand and blue water, they poured drinks, rented rooms, and listened to the stories of other kindred souls drifting south of the border.

After a decade, their wanderlust spirit again pulled them away to seek another adventure—this time back on America’s west coast. They returned to the United States with countless memories as well as ten dogs and cats rescued from the streets of Mexico.

In California, Tony began a formal practice as an ordained lay Zen Buddhist while at the same time beginning to indulge his inner storyteller. His first book, Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road, is inspired by his adventures in Mexico and the tales he heard from fellow expats, travelers, and drifters there. His short fiction and memoirs can be found on Medium.com.

Tony and Cheri currently live with their menagerie in San Rafael, California, where he is working on his next book.
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