Stumptown Daze by John Michael McCarty
Stumptown Daze is a 1960’s romance comedy that finds Lani, a young caregiver from Rotuma, struggling to discover her purpose while in San Francisco’s North Beach. With her dementia patient Walt in tow, the pair flees his wicked daughter and lands in rural Sonoma County. Upon arriving at Murphy’s Guest Ranch in Guerneville, fate forces Lani and Walt to lodge with a germaphobe chef. Conflicting personalities ratchet up the tension as the trio encounters trouble along the banks of the Russian River. With the conniving daughter in close pursuit, tempers erupt as the old man goes AWOL in search of one last tryst. “John McCarty turns pop-culture and local antiquity into a fun and informative journey, a canny blend of lunatic farce and self-assured banter.” Russian River Times “The author offers a fascinating peek into the minds and activities…from another time period.” The Windsor Times “One of the fine accomplishments of Mr. McCarty’s novels is his rendering of the tough and unsentimental way of talking you can find in these parts (Russian River Valley).” Sonoma West Times and News “Great characters live in John McCarty’s novels. Lots of local color and fun reads.” Sonoma County Gazette.
Five Star Review on Amazon By Steve LaRosa
Wife, from another room: “Why are you laughing?”
Me: I’m reading Stumptown Daze!
This third novel by John McCarty is his best, in my opinion. If you had any familiarity with the Guerneville area and its environs around 1960, you’ll probably recognize many of the places his zany characters visit. Either way, get the book. It’s a great read that will keep you laughing.
About the Author
Novelist – Author – Historian, San Francisco, North Bay, Sonoma County. A Thousand Slippers, Stumptown Daze, Memories that Linger, In The Rough.