Warwick's is excited to host a double presentation from two incredible authors on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30pm. Sean Carswell will present new novel The Metaphysical Ukelele. Ron Tanner will present his novel Missile Paradise, with Jim Ruland. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Reserved seating is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
The Metaphysical Ukelele
Mixing the flair of literary invention with real events in the lives of some of our most well-known writers—Herman Melville living with a tribe of cannibals; Raymond Chandler holding The Blue Dahlia screenplay hostage from Paramount Studios; Flannery O’Connor falling in love; Chester Himes threatening to decapitate his landlord, a ukulele player who may or may not be Thomas Pynchon, among others—Sean Carswell takes the nonfiction of the literary life and turns it into exquisite fiction, with a ukulele thrown in to each story for good measure.
At times heartbreaking, at times absurd, the stories in this truly one-of-a-kind collection delightfully blur the line between what is life, and what is literature.
In the Marshall Islands, an island-nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their “hosts,” the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses.
It’s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9/11 is fresh in everyone’s minds.
Following four interconnected story lines—the meltdown of a burned-out cultural liaison who has “gone native” and bitterly resents his role in keeping the Marshallese down; a young programmer who has lost his leg in a reckless solo sailing journey; the struggles of a young widow with two children whose husband drowned in a mysterious diving accident; and the destructive spiral of a Marshallese teenager whose American girlfriend rejects him when she returns to the States—Missile Paradise is an extraordinary novel that deals with the major social and political issues of our time, including racism, represented by the relationship between the Americans who enjoy life on Kwajalein and the subservience of the native Marshallese, who live on the neglected and trash-strewn island of Ebeye; and climate change—the climax of the novel is a great storm and flood which forces the Marshallese on Ebeye to flee to Kwajalein.