Off Magazine Street

Off Magazine Street

by Ronald Everett Capps
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Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps

Fallen from grace and shunned by respectable society, Bobby Long is joyously content drowning his past in cheap hooch and bedding any woman with low standards and high tolerance. His partner, an unproductive writer named Byron Burns, is happy to join him for the long ride down. Their distant salvation is an unwritten manuscript sure to redeem their standing and pride — though both know it’s just a thin reason to get up and go to the bar. When their latest female companion dies in their fleabag hotel room, the duo find themselves putting up her young but futureless daughter, Hanna. Despite their own dishonorable intentions and aging desires, the pair cannot abide her lack of ambition and low expectations for herself. Together, they dust off their teachers’ instincts and conspire to use every means necessary — legal, illegal, fair, and unfair — to get Hanna into college. Fueled by the purest motives they can muster, the men battle the seduction of vice to give Hanna a chance, and discover for themselves that true character doesn’t drown easily. From the Author: "I started writing this book in the late 1980s, and finished it about ten years ago. It is fictional but based largely on my experiences and observations of my friends. I set the story in New Orleans, painting my own interpretation of places I familiarized myself with while my son was a student at Tulane University. The characters are born of a very real conglomerate of the memories I’ve formed over the years, and those memories have become a vehicle to explore things about myself. I used the character Byron Burns, based on the mannerisms of a friend now gone, as a way to express my ambition as a writer. Like the character Hanna, I grew up somewhat disadvantaged, and in many ways her story is mine. I was friends with a man whose name was Bobby Long. His character in the story is loosely based on my observations of his personality, although the novel is in no way meant to depict events in his life — only the lessons I learned from it: that goodness can occur far from conventional morality, and beautiful things can look ugly at first glance. Before my friend Bobby Long died several years ago, he asked my son Grayson to write a song about him. My son titled the song 'A Love Song for Bobby Long'. Bobby had said to me many times over the years, “Boy, you’re going to write a book about me one of these days.” And so I have. This is my love song to Bobby Long."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596929647
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 395,789
File size: 299 KB

About the Author

About the Author: Ronald Everett Capps is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Fairhope, Alabama, where, in addition to writing, he paints and sculpts. 'Off Magazine Street' is his first novel.

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Off Magazine Street 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
Seeing the still from the movie, A Love Song for Bobby Long on the cover of this, attracted me. I really enjoyed the movie, but having read the book, I wonder now about the choice of image. This is a story that fills all the reader's senses with life along the levee, in an old, failing neighborhood in New Orleans. The smells are there, the sounds, the jokes and stories, but most of all, the people. Once you're a couple of chapters in, you know these men, even if you might have pretended not to. Author Capps has created one of the tastiest gumbos I've had the pleasure to sample, made from fresh, honest local ingredients, all sauteed up over a smoky fire. As hard to believe as the story is at the beginning, I finally understood that the writer took few real liberties here. Mostly he served it as it is. We all butt heads from time to time. Most of us get a few chances in our lives, to grapple with life when it presents a previously unacknowledged side to us. Sometimes it scares us. Reading Off Magazine Street will provide a good dose of the skill to navigate that eventuality, safely and cleanly. I can recommend this book without reservation to anyone who has been around the block and knows a thing or two... and doesn't mind the learning that's in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much like the movie, a good fast touching story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book having already watched the movie a billion times. I liked that the movie used a lot of the same dialogue that was in the book, but I don't like the ending at all. The plot was great, but it could have maybe been written a little better. I really wanted to see what was going to happen with Byron and Hanna.
overxdramatic More than 1 year ago
i decided to read this book after i fell in love with the movie "a love song for bobby long". over all it was a decent book but because i loved the movie so much i sort of felt cheated when i read the book. definitely think they did a better job with the movie than ronald everett capps did writing the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book lead the reader down the grimmy roads of the main characters. You become a cheerleader unknowingly as each page is turned. Draws you in like a moth to a flame . You feel yourself walking along the characters, touching the farmers of clothing, images of the house, to the disheavled kitchen. Routing for them to  become a family disregarding it being unorthodox. Feeling the deep loss of Lorraine, her  gusto of life , how distorted her view was. All the characters introduced the survival of a past once was. New Orleans was a beautiful backdrop  setting the perfect image of all the characters involved.
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