I've mentioned my good pal Bart Baker on this pages several times -- often because of his Shakespearean rants when he writes out his complaints in an email or on social media, usually about politics though occasionally just something in society that gnaws at him. And yes, I have been known to intentionally noodge him, guessing what is to come and looking forward to the tsunami. But those great rants come because he's a great writer -- of screenplays, TV movies and novels, most notably the gem Honeymoon with Harry that I've written about. (It's been sold to the movies, and come close to being produced several times, but...we're still waiting.)
Bart has a new novel which was just published yesterday, so I would be utterly remiss if I didn't at least mention it. The Virgin Daiquiri. No, I haven't read it yet (six pages thus far doesn't count), so I can't give an authoritative view. But from the past I've read enough of Bart's volume of work to know that all his previous books have been a joy, wonderful story-telling and lively dialogue, mixed in with humor. This one tells the story of a cheerful, tropical island barmaid, cosmetic rep and (holding out for "memorable") still-virgin, named Daiquiri La Bouquet -- who is accused by her manipulative mother of attempted murder. The young woman runs off for Manhattan, where she has two goals -- to find her biological father who her mother has always suggested is “the richest man in New York City,” and also to search for the man who one day soon will be "her first."
If you're interested in finding out more about it -- there's a much more detailed synopsis -- you can check things out on Amazon here.
Since Bart is a father with two kids, I think that that counts as making this a Father's Day posting, as well...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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