Famous Potatoes

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A classic road novel from the 1970s, now an ebook. Willy, a nice boy from the suburbs, is framed for murder and goes on the lam. With hopeful heart and broken balls he joins the people of humble cafes and dusty bars, underground, where life is basic. “An engaging, warm, well-told story of a likable character with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”—Publisher’s Weekly More

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About Joe Cottonwood

Joe Cottonwood was born in 1947, bent his first nail in 1952, and wrote his first story in 1956. He's been a writer and a carpenter ever since.

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Paul Swearingen reviewed on Oct. 30, 2012

How can a young man be on the road and underground at the same time? Hint - the title of this book is a clue.

I suspect that this novel is more or less a reassembled version of Cottonwood's early life, perhaps without some of the more violent episodes, but it's true-to-life (you can't make up some of this stuff), timeless, and eminently readable. The character portraits of the women alone are worth the price of the book - especially Erica, whom I've met oh-so-many times with oh-so-many faces, not all freckled.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Missouri Mo reviewed on March 26, 2010

For me this is like a blast from the past. I'd lost my much-abused copy from 30 years ago. So glad to see it "in print" once again. It's irreverent, funny, sometimes icky, and deeply humane.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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