Monday, June 28, 2021

Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones - Book Tour + Giveaway

A Novel

Literary Fiction

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: La Puerta Productions

Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.

A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.

Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!

Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le CarrĂ©.

Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)

We've seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can't disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford's Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. - Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews

Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)

This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm, and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.

- Marvin J. Wolf, author of the Rabbi Ben Mysteries, including A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn.


On  the  third  day  of  his  visit  to  this  beach  town,  Harry  met Esther  in  the  checkout  line  of  the  Chandarana store.  He  and  Aldo  were  on  a  morning  errand  scrounging  liquor  and snacks  for  their  hotel  rooms.  Aldo  was  still  browsing  the  wine  selections. He drank wine like it was water, but he insisted it be Italian or at worst  French  and  never,  unless  there  was  absolutely  no  choice,  South African. (“Troppo forte,” he would say with a sneer.) She  was  buying  milk  and  bread.  She  spoke first,  looked  down  at the items in Harry’s cart and quipped, “I hope that’s not breakfast.” Harry smiled and shot back, “I don’t have anyone to tell me whatnot  to  do.  Besides,  I  think  there’s  soccer  tonight.  Excuse  me, football. It’s a lot cheaper than room service when we’re watching TV.” She  laughed  and  said,  “Honey,  the  only  TV  that  gets  the  movies and the games is going to be in the lounge. And there it’s definitely not bring-your-own. And the one in your room? Channel One only. Clips from today’s speeches in the National Assembly and some gospel choir! You only #ip that on so you can fall asleep.” He  was  struck  by  how  pretty  she  was.  And  how  relaxed.  It  was uncharacteristically brave of him to come back with, “You got a better idea?”

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  1. The book sounds very intriguing.

  2. What interests me most about this book is the location.

  3. Interesting storyline. Thanks for the chance.

  4. The beach setting-its gonna get hot, hot, hot!

  5. I’m most interested in the interactions between the characters in this book. They all seem very different from each other.


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