The Prosper Chronicles

The Prosper Chronicles

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Step inside a slightly off-center world populated by cowboys, cotton farmers, oil heiresses and small-town merchants. The Prosper Chronicles explores the fictional West Texas town of Prosper, a town that is "seriously overnamed." Along the way there is plenty of coffee, wild plum pie, wry observations, unique characters and, of course, Beloved Rest Cemetery.

Part Garrison Keillor, part John Henry Faulk, Bob Wood, with his keen ear for the vernacular and sharp eye for detail, admits that many characters and events in the Chronicles have a kernel of truth at their core. Prosper may or may not remind you of your hometown, but chances are you will recognize some of the colorful characters or traces of them in people with whom you have crossed paths.

Meaningful because it's hilarious. Hilarious because it's true. A little too true. There are some real treasures hidden within: pop culture meets Old West, subtle wordplay meets authentic dialect, ironic twists within mind-bending plots. Enjoy. Read 'til you smile and your side hurts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 11mm | 240g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0999478427
  • 9780999478424

Review quote

If you like crackerbarrel storytelling, you may have the best Saturday night of the decade in your hand. These tales will smack you like a humor-knuckled fist of wit. There is more pleasure and intelligence in here than you will ever find in a night with the tube, or possibly even at Rotary Club, Wednesday night prayer meeting, or a July tent revival.

If Bob Wood had signed this book as having been penned by J. Frank Dobie, I suspect a sizeable percentage of Texas non-lip readers over the age of sixty might well say, "I didn't know Papa wrote poems. He's just downright purdy good." And for a crackerbarrel assessment, it doesn't go much higher.

DAVID LEE - first poet laureate of the state of Utah, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, finalist for the position of United States Poet Laureate and hailed by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities as one of the twelve greatest writers to emerge from the state.

For those of us who grew up in rural areas of Texas, The Prosper Chronicles takes a wry look at the characters who are so familiar to us. Even though Bob Wood says he made up a few of these folks, you will swear they're based on someone you knew in your hometown. You will appreciate the wit and wisdom of his stories.

KENT HANCE, a lawyer, former state senator, ex-congressman, past Chancellor of Texas Tech University and lifetime noted raconteur from Dimmitt, Texas.
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