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Banana Republic
Banana Republic

Banana Republic

FICTION

261 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB

EPUB, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781947548176

Rights: WOR

Regal House Publishing (Mar 2020)

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Overview

When William Sydney Porter faces prison for embezzlement in Austin, Texas, he catches the first tramp steamer to Central America. The year is 1905. He washes up in the town of Coralio, in a country with no extradition treaty with the U.S. and a government at the mercy of American scoundrels, drunks, and robber-barons. Porter establishes himself as a newspaper printer, despite violent opposition from the most powerful individual in the country—Walter Whitaker, the president of the Vesuvius Fruit Company. Whitaker sees Porter's newspaper as a threat to his plans to overthrow the government and install a puppet who will give him concessions to build a railroad to the new Panama Canal. Loosely based on the history of U.S. intervention in the "banana wars" of the early twentieth century, as well as on the life and stories of O. Henry, Banana Republic is a comic tale of greed, ambition, and gunboat diplomacy.

Reviews

"Love is well-trodden terrain in fiction. But we return to it for the familiarity and endless depth. So when Cheryl A. Ossola centers an old love, that between a mother and her child, in The Wild Impossibility she treads a worn road. Yet she manages to blaze a fearless trail all her own while kicking the dust on that old road into enchanting shapes." —After the Pause; After the Pause is an experimental online literary journal, based in Indianapolis, IN (with strong ties to other parts of the Midwest), and published quarterly. We also run a small press called a…p press.

Author Biography

Eric Rawson lives in Pasadena and teaches at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The Hummingbird Hour, as well as a rhetoric reader, American Subcultures. When he isn't writing or teaching, he dedicates himself to Dodgers baseball, mid-century California art, and street photography.