Sure, the chances are slim and none. But to Mazel McDonald, it sounds like a good idea at the time.
Kirkus Reviews hailed Dan Hammond Jr.'s debut novel DELBERT JUDD as, "lighthearted and funny...explor(ing) substantial issues, which gives it poignancy and weight." His latest effort, THE SOLOMON TWIST, is similar in tone yet carries a unique picaresque glory that leaves readers laughing out loud one minute and with a lump in their throat the next.
In the west Texas town of Solomon in 1965, Mazel doesn't have many options being unwed, pregnant, and unemployed--due to being unwed and pregnant. When she finds herself in early labor with two men laying claim to the title of father, an unexpected situation arises. Mazel discovers she is having twins.
Jump to 1991 when Mazel's husband, known as Daddy Two, is found dead in their living room. Who shot Daddy Two? That question acts as a loose backdrop throughout the novel as suspects come to the forefront. But deeper questions of identity, reunion, and recovery gain traction, transforming the story into one of self-realization and redemption.
Combining humor, exuberance, and an incisive poignancy, THE SOLOMON TWIST is packed with characters who are insightful, clueless, sensitive, and cynical. With two mysteries unsolved until the final pages, Hammond masterfully weaves a tale that leaves readers both satisfied and not wanting to leave the people of Solomon, Texas.
Who killed Daddy Two? The more important question becomes: who's your Daddy?
|Publisher:||Solomon Texas Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
About the Author
Dan Hammond Jr. attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop under the direction of Frank Conroy. His short stories and reviews have been published in Fiction Quarterly, Southwestern American Literature, The Tampa Tribune, DFW Newspapers, and the short story compilation ICE. He received a 1997 Umana Award for Fiction.
Hammond's debut novel DELBERT JUDD is described by Kirkus Reviews as "lighthearted and funny thanks to the humor of oddball Delbert, but it also explores some substantial issues, which gives it poignancy and weight."
Pulitzer-winning editor Stuart Warner writes, "Hammond has created a rich, textured character, and built a wonderful story around him."
Dan lives in Denton, Texas, with his wife, Sandra, and his sons, Tyler and Travis.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite The Solomon Twist by Dan Hammond begins with confusion regarding an about-to-be-born baby, whether the ‘exed out’ husband or the de facto-man deserve credit, and come delivery, it happens to be twins to further the unsettled differences. The story continues through the dimly lit alleys and underground to the unraveling of hopelessness, hope, and many other facets of life and living. The twins, a boy and a girl, grow up accustomed to knowing their fathers as Daddy One and Daddy Two. Then one of them is found dead. Associated queries confront them throughout with, of course, the question as to who the real daddy is taking the prime position. The Solomon Twist by Dan Hammond is quite a story condensed into a couple of hundred pages. Each and every actor in this drama has their own plot in the many turns the story takes; the narrative is easy, with light hearted humor, (one may laugh, if so wish!) and is fairly unconventional. The plot, a case of naturally conceived twins being accorded a multi-father connection, in itself is mystifying, not to mention the resulting brouhaha, which the author has managed to retain almost to the end by careful manipulation of scenes. The question of “Who shot Daddy Two?” remains in the air, while many and varied characters make their entry and exit through this book. This is an entertaining novel where adventure, suspense, thrill, and drama, with a due share of sentimental transactions, fill the pages.