My third novel, Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears, published by Open Road Media, is on sale now in print and as an e-book.
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.
Print copies of the book can be bound at Barnes & Nobles around the country, Powell’s in Portland, Ore. (or so I’m told) and select independent bookstores down South — including Octavia Books and Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans; Page & Palette in Fairhope, Ala.; Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur, Ga.; Bookmiser in Marietta, Ga., and Roswell, Ga.; Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga.; Inkwood Books in Tampa, Fla.; The Booksellers at Laurelwood, in Memphis, Tenn.; Books on Broad in Camden, S.C.; Fiction Addiction in Greenville, S.C.; Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, N.C.; Page After Page in Elizabeth City, N.C.; Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Va. (And others, I hope.)
Interested in interviews, reviews or optioning the movie rights for six or seven figures? Give me a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll put you in touch with the appropriate agent or authorities.
What They’re Saying About the Book:
“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
“Ken Wheaton’s got his Cajun on. His book is funny, raw, wrenching, a heartfelt tale of the complexities of family, love and that place we call home—and, at the end of it all, how stories help heal and restore the wounded spirit in us all.” —Ken Wells, author of Meely LaBauve and Crawfish Mountain
“An absorbing and delightful read.” –Booklist
“Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It’s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself.” — The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
“Take a dysfunctional Southern family and put them on social media and it’s Katy-bar-the-door. With humor and poignancy, Wheaton shows just how strong and everlasting the call to home can be, even for those determined to escape.” —Brynn Bonner, author of Paging the Dead and Death in Reel Time