Randy Evans

We are thrilled to be hosting a wine and cheese reception with local author, Randy Evans on on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm for his new book The Lawnmower Club: How Leo Zitzelberger Lost and Found Paradise on Earth. This is a free event though reservations are always appreciated. Please give us a call at 231.347.1180 or email events@mcleanandeakin.com to reserve your spot.
 

Leo Zitzelberger's well-ordered paradise plunges into chaos when Liza Fitting, an overzealous social worker, tries to funnel him into Mallard Pond, a retirement home that Leo regards as a death sentence.  As a clever countermeasure, he buys a bankrupt golf course and sells memberships to other grass-cutting fanatics who have lost their homes and yards.  Few people want the former repo man to succeed, including Hazzard Pembrook, a third-generation resorter, who would restore the club as a bastion of the rich, and a rogue Wisconsin cougar who wants to establish a new territory. This tender, comic, and lyrical novel takes readers to the shimmering edge of reality for an exuberantly wild ride through the broad fields, wooded hills, and inland waterways of northern Michigan.  Vividly worded, filled with eccentric characters, and suspenseful action, Randy surrounds everyday detail with a world of magic, while he explores the role of contemporary women in disparate settings, the different interests of locals and transplants in America's heartland, and the plight of animals in an ever-shrinking world.  The Lawnmower Club is an uplifting tale about the importance of love, home, and after losses and setbacks, redemption.

 

“The Lawnmower Club is a story that blends metaphysics, psychology, and cerebral anatomy into a humorous romp through northern Michigan.  Author Evans shifts his writing gears like a British racing car climbing Pike’s Peak, varying his delivery style from the fast pace of a Captain Marvel Comic to the penetrating look into our souls in a Bronte novel.  His improbable utopian view of a world in harmony seems logical and achievable by the time the reader comes to the end of this intricate and amusing story….”

 

—David Thomas, Retired Healthcare Executive and United States Marine

 


RANDY EVANS: For the past ten years, Randy and his wife, Denise, have lived in Bay Harbor, Michigan.  During that time, Randy has taught Developmental Psychology at North Central Michigan Community College, served on local boards, and participated in Rotary International.  He enjoys outdoor sports, especially golf and pickleball.  Denise and Randy enjoy their blended family of five daughters and eight grandchildren. Randy’s debut novel, When Strangers Meet at Devil’s Elbow (published July 7, 2017 by CreateSpace) tells the story of eight disparate souls who in meet in the Michigan wilderness, and embark on a collective adventure that teaches them the meaning of love, home, and family.  Randy’s second novel, The Lawnmower Club:  How Leo Zitzelberger Lost and Found Paradise on Earth, was published April 2, 2018.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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The Lawnmower Club Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781546859659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 2nd, 2018

Leo Zitzelberger's well-ordered paradise plunges into chaos when Liza Fitting, an overzealous social worker, tries to funnel him into Mallard Pond, a retirement home that Leo regards as a death sentence. As a clever countermeasure, he buys a bankrupt golf course and sells memberships to other grass-cutting fanatics who have lost their homes and yards.


Red Sky Anthology Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781634911214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Booklocker.com - January 15th, 2016

Fresh, funny, and compassionate, Randy Evans's border-crossing collection (poetry, short story, fable, play, memoir and novel excerpts) never loses his voice or identity as he shifts from one genre to another. The death, grief, and bereavement of the loss of his wife to breast cancer serve as a central theme, along with hilarious forays into magical realism.


Out of the Inferno: A Husband's Passage Through Cancerland - Red Sky Anthology, Book 2 Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781634914352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Booklocker.com - June 10th, 2016

This literary narrative memoir will appeal to both women and men whose lives are profoundly altered by chronic illness. Issues of interest addressed in the book include difficulties of caregivers, marital stress, dealing with children, the humor in illness, counseling dilemmas, health care challenges, coping skills, death, dying, and moving on after loss.


When Strangers Meet at Devil's Elbow: A Novel Red Sky Series Book 3 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781483974187
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 7th, 2017

An uplifting tale about human connection, random acts of kindness, America's heartland, and love. The novel shines in empathy and grace through well-crafted characters.-IndieReader


 

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