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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579621031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579621032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,456,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Spurred by a nighttime encounter with a mysterious old man, a faded football hero–cum–long-distance trucker risks everything to become—a fiction writer. Jack Stone of Speakeasy, Va., sells his rig so he can take the 68 pages of "Lovelady," the story of a serial killer the mysterious stranger left in Jack's possession, and turn them into genius. Owen treads the familiar ground of artistic aspiration and the pursuit of lost dreams; his hero can sound like just another guy who insists he's got a novel in him. But Jack really does, and he really writes it, even as money begins to run out, his troubled son from his first marriage reappears with legal problems and both his relationship with his second wife, Gina, and his own peace of mind begin to falter. An encounter at his 30th high school reunion with book editor Jerry Prince (a former nerd, natch) convinces Jack that his old classmate is the key to his destiny. Jack's italicized present-day reflections alternate with third-person backstory, and the book's tension stems primarily from Jack's fateful journey to New York to confront Jerry and ensure that his novel is published. Owen writes much like his main character acts, deliberately and doggedly in pursuit of his goal, but his portrayal of the agonies an aspiring writer faces are definitely nerve-wracking.
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More About the Author

Howard Owen is a novelist and journalist living in Fredericksburg, Va. His 10th novel, "Oregon Hill," was published in July of 2012. Publishers Weekly, in the pre-publication review, calls it "a warm and witty crime novel," adding "the deft and surprising plot builds to a satisfying ending. Readers will hope that Willie will soon return in a sequel."
Struck by either an epiphany or a midlife crisis, Owen wrote his first novel, "Littlejohn," in 1990. The first draft took him about 100 days. At the time, Owen was sports editor of a daily newspaper. He is now business editor of The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. He has never taken a sabbatical, adhering instead to a schedule that includes about an hour a day for writing or revising. He finds that it is possible to do great things with an hour a day, every day.
He is married to Karen Van Neste Owen, Viewpoints editor of the Free Lance-Star and his sweetheart of 42 years. He grew up near Fayetteville, N.C., on the edge of his grandfather's farm. He likes Paris, the Washington Redskins, snowy days when he doesn't have to drive to work, steamed crabs, Smithfield ham, North Carolina barbecue, bourbon and water, cold long-neck Miller High-Lifes on a hot summer day, other people covering Dylan songs, movies that surprise him and the company of good friends.

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