Across the Heartland in a boat—two men and a spotted dog.
Alexander Watson's interest in writing came at an early age. His grandparents were world travelers, the Mame Dennis and Beauregard Burnside of their day. They sent postcards and letters from around the globe; but for young Alexander to receive, he had to give. Reading of their exploits and reciprocating with his own cultivated Mr. Watson's ability to convey the color of places even as remote as a child's imagination and render fascinating the petty businesses of the people who lived therein.
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NY Times best-sellers, Bryan Mealer and Melissa Fay Greene, herald River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson as “The well-trod river epic on its ear,” and “I love it. I can’t put it down,” respectively.
River Queens is a coming of age story, albeit middle-age, about two men who have the opportunity to chuck it all and sail away—an attractive proposition made more so because their vessel, a vintage 1955 Chris-Craft motor yacht. Their destination is Cincinnati, Ohio, the Queen City. Their route is across the Heartland on America’s great rivers.
Compelling are the people they meet along the way whose mannerisms and idiosyncracies Mr. Watson captures with respect and admiration—people whose aid the two must solicit to continue on their way; people have never really encountered homosexuality before, at least not in their own backyard. Gay is a city thing and, if need be, referred to as “peculiar”. Nevertheless, the sailor’s code of “Always render aid” prevails on the water and sends our intrepid sailors on their way.
River Queens is a modern day Huck Finn, every bit as humorous and candid as the Mark Twain classic, reminding us that pursuit of happiness is still integral to the our social fabric and the uniquely American “pursuit of happiness.”
River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson. Orange Frazer Press: Wilmington, Ohio. October 1, 2018 release. 322 pages, hard cover, $27.95.
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