Albert of Adelaide

By Howard Anderson
(Twelve, Hardcover, 9781455509621, 240pp.)

Publication Date: July 1, 2012

List Price: $24.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2012 Indie Next List
“I have read some odd books in my day, but nothing quite like this fable. Set in the Australia Outback and featuring a duck-billed platypus named Albert, a wombat, and a Tasmanian Devil, this is a story of adventure, friendship, finding an inner hero, and ultimately, finding peace. I was completely caught up in Albert's adventures on his journey from a cage in a zoo in Adelaide to freedom in 'Old Australia.' Anderson's debut novel is filled with very human comedy and very human tragedy, though it contains no humans at all!”
-- Heather Duncan, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO


Description
At once an old-fashioned-buddy-novel-shoot-'em-up and a work of deliciously imagined fantasy, Howard L. Anderson's dazzling debut presents the haunting story of a world where something has gone horribly awry . . .
Having escaped from Australia's Adelaide Zoo, an orphaned platypus named Albert embarks on a journey through the outback in search of "Old Australia," a rumored land of liberty, promise, and peace. What he will find there, however, away from the safe confinement of his enclosure for the first time since his earliest memories, proves to be a good deal more than he anticipated.
Alone in the outback, with an empty soft drink bottle as his sole possession, Albert stumbles upon pyromaniacal wombat Jack, and together they spend a night drinking and gambling in Ponsby Station, a rough-and-tumble mining town. Accused of burning down the local mercantile, the duo flees into menacing dingo territory and quickly go their separate ways-Albert to pursue his destiny in the wastelands, Jack to reconcile his past.
Encountering a motley assortment of characters along the way-a pair of invariably drunk bandicoots, a militia of kangaroos, hordes of the mercurial dingoes, and a former prize-fighting Tasmanian devil-our unlikely hero will discover a strength and skill for survival he never suspected he possessed.
Told with equal parts wit and compassion, ALBERT OF ADELAIDE shows how it is often the unexpected route, and the most improbable companions, that lead us on the path to who we really are. Who you journey with, after all, is far more important than wherever it is you are going.



About the Author

Howard Anderson has had a varied life: He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam, worked on fishing boats in Alaska, in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, as a truck driver in Houston, and a scriptwriter in Hollywood, and, after gaining a law degree, became legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission. He is currently a defense attorney in New Mexico, where he defends Mexican nationals charged with crimes north of the border.

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