Ahnwee Days [pre-order]

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by William E Burleson

Available for pre-order
Publication date: 1st of October 2024

Life is not going as planned for Sybil Voss. Growing up in a small town on the Great Plains, she had one goal: to get out as soon as she could. She succeeded, moving to New York after college and building a reasonably happy life. But now she’s back, the sole caregiver for her elderly father who suffers from “media-induced psychosis” and can only communicate through TV sitcoms.

But Sybil’s making the best of it, running her antique business, “New York ’Tiques,” serving as mayor (since no one else ran), and organizing a town festival, Ahnwee Days.

Problem is, things are not going well for her tiny town of Ahnwee. What was once a hopping little city with actual businesses and families is now slowly becoming a ghost town. The remaining 200 residents have to put up with the insult of a lake so polluted that it glows in the dark, a wind turbine on the edge of town that occasionally golfs cars into the rough, and the ever-present smell of pig shit from the factory hog farm on the hill. How could it get worse?

It can and does. The pig farmer says that the land the town sits on is his, and he wants to expand his manure pond. At the same time, a nearby casino may also have a claim to the land, and they want it for an RV park. That’s not all: Green Systems Power, a wind turbine factory, wants the town’s land for parts storage, and they’ve bought a county commissioner to make it happen.

With her friends, a lonely, widowed yarn store owner and a midget—sorry, little person—beef jerky king with anger management issues, Sybil is fighting back. As Sybil says, “Sure, Ahnwee is just an antique shop, strip joint, and meth lab, but it’s OUR antique shop, strip joint, and meth lab.”

Along the way we meet a mayor of a rival town with unclear motives, a nerdy strip club owner and his “girls,” and an existential—and suicidal—town pastor. Our heroes hold a town meeting and a press conference, and they appeal to the county board, all with the same result: humorously dismal failure. The only thing left to try is for Sybil to run for, and win, a seat on the county board. How can that fail?

Praise for Ahnwee Days

… a comic novel that will keep you laughing as you root for his quirky characters and Ahnwee’s victory.
—Lorna Landvik, author of Patty Jane’s House of Curl

…Deviously delightful portrayal of a dying small town comes at you with a facetious wit…like Fargo on steroids…
—Vincent Wyckoff, author of Beware of Cat

Hilarious, heartfelt, and humane, Ahnwee grabbed me from page one and kept me reading all night.
— Brian Malloy, author of After Francesco

Beautifully rendered story of small-town, large-hearted people… this may be the most side-splittingly funny book you’ve ever read.
—Frank Haberle, author of Downlanders

… a witty, comic novel that will keep you laughing from beginning to end.
—Brian Duren, author of The Gravity of Love

…this carnival ride of a novel…invokes the nostalgic ghosts of small towns past, the spirit of Garrison Keillor,…that urges readers to keep laughing and carry on.
—Elisa Sinnett author of Detroit Fairy Tales

…kept me laughing throughout.”
—R.R. Davis, author of The Various Stages of a Garden Well-Kept

A full cast of quirky characters.
—Richard Hartman, author of A Night in the Woods

Additional information

Weight 13 oz

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