Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws and the Demise of an American DreamHardback
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- Publisher: COUNTERPOINT
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 20mm | 363g
- Publication date: 1 January 2004
- Publication City/Country: Berkeley
- ISBN 10: 1582432953
- ISBN 13: 9781582432953
From the author of the National Book Award finalist, Salvation on Sand Mountain , a quixotic, comic account of one man's quest for a small piece of the American Dream. Every year, Dennis Covington's father brought his family to the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle, the "Redneck Riviera," and it seemed there was no place he was happier. Florida was an intoxicant to him. In 1965 he made the only investment of his life--two and a half acres of an inland Florida development called River Ranch Acres. Years after his death, the development went bankrupt, setting the stage for a classic, often violent, confrontation over land use and property rights.Deed in hand, Dennis Covington journeys into the Wild West of the Redneck Riviera to claim his only inheritance. His quest charts a dangerous course: His life is threatened, his truck torched, and his small plot shot up and vandalized as his father's passion to possess the land becomes his own. Redneck Riviera is a personal journey as well as a brilliant look at the clash of values that is tearing apart much of rural America in a place beyond the law.
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"Salvation on Sand Mountain is the mesmerizing, creepy description of Covington's spiritual investigation. With care that approaches reverence, Covington makes the story of [the snake handlers] struggle not only fascinating but almost comprehensible. If that's not a miracle, nothing is."