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Off Magazine Street
By Ronald Everett Capps
MacAdam/Cage, 2004
Hardcover, $24.00 (404 pages)
ISBN: 1-931561-74-5
 
 
 

First time novelist Ronald Everett Capps hit pay dirt. Off Magazine Street was adapted for the movie, "A Love Song for Bobby Long," starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johasson, which opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 29th.  

Bobby Long and Byron Burns are charming, loveable, drunks. Prone to earthy humor, they're both cheap drunks who relish telling unbelievable stories, and attempting carnal relations with any women with low-enough standards -- or self-esteem -- to go to bed with either of them. Former English teachers, they've always wanted to turn their stories into a novel, one that sure to be a bestseller, allowing them to purchase a better brand of hooch and attract higher class hoochy mommas. 

When their obese companion, Lorraine, dies, and her daughter, Hanna, shows up looking for an inheritance, they do everything in their power to help Hanna earn a scholarship to Tulane. They want her to have every opportunity they've squandered. 

Equal parts picaresque and grotesque, Off Magazine Street seems designed for the movies.  

Ronald Everett Capps lives in Fairhope, Alabama, where he paints and sculpts.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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