The Books


OCT. 20, 2020: DUCk duck gator

“With Duck Duck Gator, Ken Wheaton conjures Elmore Leonard, yet delivers his own brand of magnificently entertaining character-driven colorful criminal pulp. A bayou whodunit for the reality-TV age, simultaneously knotty-plotted and easy-going, seedy but fun, rambunctious but precise. Check it out, then check it out again.” — A.R. Moxon, author of The Revisionaries

When Tony Battaglia wakes up in a Brooklyn hospital after a heart transplant, he’s expecting a new lease on life. But after a decade of being a reality TV editor, he is about to be in front of the camera. It turns out that his new heart belonged to “Gator Guys” star Lonnie Lalonde Junior. When Tony arrives in Blackwater, Louisiana, he discovers that Lonnie’s death was no accident and it’s up to him to solve the mystery.


The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival

“Warmed my chest faster than a double shot of Wild Turkey and kept me laughing through the night. This is a rollicking, wonderfully irreverent debut. It’s also a charming love story with a heart as big as Louisiana. I am a huge Ken Wheaton fan.” –Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook

Welcome to Grand Prairie, Louisiana–land of confounding accents, hard-drinking senior citizens, and charming sinners–brought to hilarious life in a bracing, heartfelt debut novel simmering with Cajun spice …


Bacon & Egg Man

“Rollicking, very funny, slightly insane and possibly scary-accurate.” —Media Columnist Simon Dumenco

In the halls of Congress, on the streets, in the media, the war on fast food is on. Tofu may be topical, but bacon is eternal.


Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears

“One of the best novels I’ll read this year. Under all the little ruptures in our lives is a mud fight for the soul. For Wheaton the balm for it all is the story and storytelling, an essential inquiry in search of the flashes of angelism embedded in the dirt and grit of our human passage.” —Darrell Bourque, author of Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie and former Louisiana poet laureate

Fifty years old, lonely, and in danger of being laid off, Katherine Fontenot has spent decades trying to ignore her Louisiana roots, the embodiment of the phrase, “You can’t go home again.” But after one sister is trampled by a run-away rhinoceros and her sister won’t get off her case, she doesn’t have much of a choice.