Sunflower Dog: Dancing the Flathead Shuffle by Kevin Winchester
"With its cast of misfits, Sunflower Dog brings to mind John Kennedy Toole’s masterpiece, A Confederacy of Dunces. I find a similar comic insight into human foibles in this novel, but Kevin Winchester has his own voice, and as his characters move deep-er into their ultimately converging quests, Sunflower Dog achieves an unexpected poignancy. A delightful novel by one of North Carolina’s best writers."
—Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena
"...a rollicking read made memorable thanks to a cast of characters destined to do for metro Charlotte what Carl Hiassen did for the state of Florida. Kevin Winchester's deft touch leaves you alternately laughing out loud and feeling a little sad for the red-neck within. Sunflower Dog is an unforgettable novel of greed, small-time crookery and improbable romance. I loved it."
—Celia Rivenbark, New York Times bestselling author We're Just Like You, Only Prettier
"This is truly where art meets craft. Kevin Winchester has artfully brought to life one of the most intriguing and quirky ensemble of characters you'll ever meet and crafted a compelling, don't-put-it-down story. For a first novel, it's stunningly good... For a tenth novel it would be stunningly good."
—Robert Inman, author of Home Fires Burning and The Governor's Lady
A bunch of oddball characters, each chasing their own dream, try to carve a place for themselves in neo-gothic American South.
Sally Hinson could have guessed that his business partner would leave him a heap of trouble along with their real estate holdings, but not that his partner’s last shady deal would see him competing with a growing group of oddballs, and their unusual dog, for a once-useless piece of land that now holds the key to each of their unique “American Dreams.” Determined scientist, Kat; anxious and unemployed expectant-father, Livingston; a pair of young weed-dealers; and aspiring reality television star Brittany and her doting but far from docile grandmother, all stand between Sally and the deal of a lifetime. But is it the deal of his dreams?
From author Kevin Winchester comes an out-and-out satire about big and weird dreams in a small North Carolina town.
Kevin Winchester lives in North Carolina and holds an MFA from Queens University. His story, “Waiting on Something to Happen,” won the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Other works has appeared in Tin House, Gulf Coast, Barren Magazine, StorySouth Barrelhouse, Dead Mule, and the anthologies Everything But the Baby and Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas. His short story collection, Everybody’s Gotta Eat, was published in 2009. He currently teaches writing at Wingate University. When he’s not writing, teaching, playing in the band Flatland Tourists, or hanging with his family, he’s hiking, riding his Harley, or working in his garden.