Gerry Harlan Brown
Gerry Harlan Brown has spent most of his life in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area. Stints at a factory, a farm, and painting houses have been mixed in with periods as a railroader, a volunteer community crisis counselor, and a professional fire chief. Along the way he acquired an AA degree and took several leadership courses at the University of Virginia and the National Fire Academy. His 29 years in the fire service have influenced his writing more than anything else, for during that period he dealt with people at their best and bravest, as well as their most devastated and petty. His opportunities to wrestle monsters have included—as ludicrous as it may seem—squirrels, white and otherwise
and other monsters
Kin Patterson is One Sorry Individual.
He sorry he is the last Patterson; sorry that at 27 years of age all he has to show for his life is failure; sorry that the best part of any day is getting plastered with the other pitiful excuses he calls friends.
It’s no wonder his wife left him. It’s no wonder he’s facing bankruptcy.
So, when word comes that a 90-year-old great-uncle he has never met wishes to meet with his sole heir, it’s no wonder that Kin imagines a fat inheritance that will be the answer to all his woes. He immediately travels to the old family home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To Kin’s deep disappointment, he discovers Uncle Woody is not near death, nor is he senile or feeble. He is still sharp, and as Kin painfully discovers, still able to work his BB gun, for Woody shoots him at first sight.Having dealt with his own ration of strife, Woody doesn’t care to cut Kin any slack. Neither does Moby, a white squirrel that declares war on both men..
A terrific read. Funny and poignant at the same time.