Baker, Larry


Baker, Larry - Florida Authors The Flamingo Rising (1997)
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What could be more all-American than a longstanding family feud between an earnest funeral director and the visionary, grandly egotistical owner of a drive-in movie theater in Florida called the Flamingo? Especially when the owner's son, who narrates the tale, is an adopted Korean boy named Abe. And the owner's daughter, Louise, also Korean, overcomes a slight limp to become a famous movie star. And the son falls for the daughter of the funeral director in one more classically star-crossed romance. And, what's more, in the pre?Civil Rights Sixties, the hired hand who helps keep a lid on the boiling tensions is a wily black man. Young Abe Lee's narration is partly a tender coming-of-age tale, partly an astute view of a family coming painfully apart. Everything goes up in smoke at the end, including Louise's crazy, beloved dog, Frank, whose imprisonment in a tower above the family quarters is a painful reminder that everyone else in this story is boxed in, too?but not everyone breaks free. Highly recommended.?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A Good Man by Larry BakerA Good Man (2009)

From Library Journal

What could be more all-American than a longstanding family feud between an earnest funeral director and the visionary, grandly egotistical owner of a drive-in movie theater in Florida called the Flamingo? Especially when the owner's son, who narrates the tale, is an adopted Korean boy named Abe. And the owner's daughter, Louise, also Korean, overcomes a slight limp to become a famous movie star. And the son falls for the daughter of the funeral director in one more classically star-crossed romance. And, what's more, in the pre?Civil Rights Sixties, the hired hand who helps keep a lid on the boiling tensions is a wily black man. Young Abe Lee's narration is partly a tender coming-of-age tale, partly an astute view of a family coming painfully apart. Everything goes up in smoke at the end, including Louise's crazy, beloved dog, Frank, whose imprisonment in a tower above the family quarters is a painful reminder that everyone else in this story is boxed in, too?but not everyone breaks free. Highly recommended.?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Baker, Larry - Florida Authors

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