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This week Outskirts Press proudly features author Oscar Patton, self-publishing author of three books of fiction through Outskirts Press: When the Bough Breaks, Riding the Fantastics, and A Place to Call Home.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Oscar Patton is a graduate of Berry College, the University of Tennessee and Florida State University. A retired college professor of literature and composition, he now spends his days at his writing place on the family farm near Ambrose, Georgia. He has written and is revising for publication two more novels for a Satilla County trilogy.
Love, hate, ambition, greed, lasciviousness—human nature is laid bare in this story about the fall of the grandest house in Hebron, Georgia. Following the sudden death on the same night of her infant son and her rich and powerful husband, Ada McCallum, too young and too beautiful, must assume control of a vast empire and make her way in a world of men at war, at home and abroad. Strong willed Ada, a twentieth-century Scarlett O’Hara, succeeds in business and in love, but her behavior can be reckless and her choices unwise. Local newspaper editor and McCallum family friend Carl Goodman narrates Ada’s life and reveals dark secrets. He also chronicles race relations, ghost sightings, and happenings in and around Satilla County.
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 266 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 13, 2012)
Genre: FICTION / Literary
Narrated in real time by characters in the drama, Riding the Fantastics is about the death and the life of Boy Man Hardin, last King of the Crackers in south Georgia’s old herding culture. This is the second of Oscar Patton’s Satilla County novels and is both a murder mystery and a story of love, courage, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 213 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 31, 2013)
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure
Young professor Oliver Hardin settles in at Georgia Southeastern College, happy to be home in Satilla County: “Cock-a-doodle-do. This rooster has come home to roost. Bring your mugs, boys. The keg is iced down. The pork is on the pit. And the chicks are on the way.” Then, in the year he expects to become a tenured professor, storm clouds gather. Discord among colleagues, a developing romance with a student, the prospect of being fired, a night in jail, a cock fight that turns deadly, and the loss of a close friend force Oliver to see Satilla County in a new light and to re-assess what “home” means. What Readers Are Saying about Oscar Patton: Barbara Alves: “Does a superb job of drawing you into the lives of his characters.” Beth Burke: “Weaves a tale that holds the reader’s interest throughout.” Laurie Tanner: “Spins a mesmerizing tale.” Dan Porter: “Patton’s writing is excellent.”
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 207 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 18, 2013)
Genre: FICTION / General
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