Trek: Lips, Sunny, Pecker and Me
William Minor's award winning comic novel (published by Park Place Publications, October 2007): Friends of the Sacramento Public Library and Focus on Writers Committee: First Place in the Category of First Chapter of a Novel
Trek: Lips, Sunny, Pecker and Me
It's 1976, the American Bicentennial year, and a California family sets out on a patriotic pilgrimage to Detroit, birthplace to the parents who want their teenage sons to see "real" American cars before they become extinct. Full of antic adventures, the trip to Detroit is a disaster. On the return journey the family joins the Jarvis Spindelshank Overland Trail Re-enactment Party--a group celebrating, and imitating, one of the original journeys on the Oregon Trail. This leg of the Bicentennial trek leads to further comic adventures with heightened drama: a simulated cholera epidemic, an Indian attack, and a buffalo hunt--plus a surprise ending.
William Minor's highly entertaining fact-based novel is intended for all audiences who love their families, American history and folklore, earthy humor, zany but charming storytelling, and just plain fun. Minor's literary craftsmanship and fine sense of the absurd have been compared to that of Mark Twain and Peter De Vries, and in this work--the satire of which may be even more relevant today than it was in 1976--Minor's bright, playful and purposeful prose, without making fun of anyone, has fun with just about everything and everyone American.
"Two Thumbs Up! William Minor's loopy Bicentennial road novel, is a real trip. Independence Day death tallies. Hunters shooting plastic deer. The East, then West, then East, again, hitchhiker. Hypothetical double features. The State of Utah float made entirely of butter. Absurd. Quirky. Off beat. Over the top. Below the belt. I've never in my life read anything like it--there IS nothing like it."
Rick Carroll (IZ Voice of the People)
"Bill Minor's TREK is that rare thing in fiction these days, Twain-style, laugh-out-loud funny, tall-tale storytelling. It has that 'What the hell is this?' quality. 'My God,' one asks oneself, 'Can he really carry this off?' Yes, yes, yes... Read it, read it, friend, and see."
Robert Sward (A Much-Married Man and Rosicrucian in the Basement)
"Think Kerouac's On the Road with National Lampoon vacation warrior Chevy Chase at the wheel and the calamitous cast from Little Miss Sunshine tumbling in for the ride. Minor details the misadventures of the Moker family as they set off to see America during the bicentennial year of 1976, only to discover not its beauty and majesty, but chaos, clutter and an odd cast of characters who drive off cliffs with parade floats, blow up bolagna and shoot plastic deer off the lawns of a motel. Written with colorful dialogue and steeped in cultural import, Mr. Minor's page-turner trek is indeed a true road trip of the absurd."
Dan Ouellette (The Volkswagen Bug Book, DownBeat, Billboard)
"Bill Minor is a machine--a debonair, ultra-hip machine that produces fine words and music in an endless silken stream. Street fighter, jazzman, artist, philosopher, mythic lover, Bill Minor is unlike anyone you've ever met."
Ryan Masters (Monterey County Weekly)