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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If You've Ever Dreamed of Running Away to Paradise, Driftwood Will Spark Your Secret Wanderlust

This captivating book follows modern-day nomads escaping the rat race in search of a fresh start. Fleeing boredom, bad marriages, and dead-end jobs, these adventurers wander south to Playa Paraiso-a lush, unspoiled village on Mexico's idyllic Caribbean coast. There they find the unpredictable, hedonistic, and sometimes frightening world of the tropics.

At the center of this extraordinary group is Poppa, the irreverent and savvy owner of the local beach bar. As he tries to make sense of his own vagabond existence, he offers his fellow expats booze, advice, and the occasional helping hand. It is Poppa who tells the tales of these intriguing runaways, as together they encounter true loves, vicious drug dealers, charming rogues, clueless do-gooders, and a devastating hurricane.

Against a backdrop of stunning blue water and endless white sand, they experience the heart's tug of war between the need for a place to call home and the desire for the freedom to roam.

Author Anthony Lee Head is very familiar with the dream of living in paradise portrayed in Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road. After leaving a long career as a San Francisco trial lawyer, he moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico where for ten years he and his wife ran a small hotel and margarita bar near the beach.

Travelers, wanderers, explorers, and dreamers alike will see themselves in these unforgettable characters, 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.

"... Joseph Conrad collides with Jimmy Buffett in a journey through the dark heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya."

~ Bob Calhoun, bestselling author and journalist

"Truly wonderful and moving tales; the author is a writer to watch."

~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Beneath the 'palm and balmy breezes' tone, a deep, empathetic humanity affords each character and event vivid authenticity."

~ Peter Coyote, bestselling author and actor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735278100
Publisher: Luna Blue Books
Publication date: 10/10/2020
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 428,839
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Before running away from home, Anthony Lee Head was a trial lawyer, history teacher, and martial arts instructor living in San Francisco. In a fit of middle-aged madness, Tony and his wife Cheri drove 3500 miles to begin a new life in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. There they bought a run-down hostel near the Caribbean Sea, which they transformed into an award-winning hotel and bar. Living in a white sand and blue water paradise, they rented rooms, poured drinks, ate tacos, blogged about their unconventional life, practiced their Spanglish, and navigated the endless challenges of living and working in a foreign land. After a decade of inhabiting the wonderfully strange world of expats, they returned to California, bringing with them a pack of rescue animals-four dogs and six cats. After settling just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Tony began formal practice as an ordained lay Zen Buddhist, while beginning to indulge his inner storyteller. Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road, which has been named to the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020, is his first book. He is currently working on both a new novel and a memoir based on his adventures in Mexico. Connect with him at www.anthonyleehead.com, via email at tony@anthonyleehead.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/anthonyleehead

Table of Contents

  1. Poppa's Story
  2. The Great Beer Commerical War
  3. Lenny's Second Coming
  4. Moto Marty Finds His Purpose In Life
  5. The Fairer Sex
  6. Part Time Paradise
  7. One of Our Own
  8. The Sexiest Man In Mexico
  9. Mrs. Timmons Gets a Tan
  10. Letting Go
  11. Jackie Boy Starts a New Life
  12. The Old Man In the Sea
  13. Storm Warnings
  14. Heading Out

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