The Bear in a Muddy Tutu
Who could resist a title like The Bear In A Muddy Tutu? Certainly not me. Then I glanced at a few sample pages and I was hooked. The beginning of the book was strongly evocative of Peter Hedge's What's Eating Gilbert Grape? with perhaps the characters of Gilbert and Arnie rolled into one. Not that I am saying Alpaugh cribbed anything. I just knew from the introduction of Billy Wayne Hooduk, as he ran away from his domineering, morbidly obese, piece-of-work mother at the age of thirty to become a...more
(Disclaimer: I am his writing partner and friend, so yes I may be biased. Then again, I would only want the best for a writing partner.)
Here are some of the comments I made on my blog. The entire review is too long to paste here.
- I loved Cole's writing voice from day one and I knew immediately that he'd be published. And soon. Just ask him. I was annoyingly optimistic and pushy.
- Reading The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is like running away with...more
This book was 4 stars for me right up until the end. I LOVED the ending. I don't care one iota if what happened at the end was remotely plausible, it was MAGICAL. All of the characters encountered here were so unusual and different and fascinating and tragic! From the wanna-be cult leader to the dancing circus bear (LOVED her!) to the grieving newspaper reporter whose daughter was stolen away from him 5 years prior, to his daughter, on a quest to find her beloved father (who might be a bird), t...more
About mid-way through I couldn't put the book down cause I just had to know if Lennon would ever find his daughter and how on earth he'd get to her if he did. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't quit reading :)