South Carolina author Richard Lutman will be signing copies of his new novel “Patch of Dirt” at The Hub City Bookstore, Friday June 17th from 1-2pm and at Fiction Addiction, July 2nd from 1:30-2:30pm.
"Patch of Dirt" is a Big Sky Romance Novel. Hitching a ride to nowhere, Joe Oliver, a womanizing thirty-year old drifter, meets Frank Hill, sixty-five, a wounded Vietnam vet and his young wife Rita who is twenty-five. Joe is duped into becoming part of their plan to sire a child the impotent Frank is powerless to conceive.
Rita puts Joe through a series of tests to determine if he will be the right biological father for their child. Much to Frank’s consternation Rita falls for Joe and jeopardizes their plan. Joe finds himself conflicted about his feelings toward Rita. His ambivalence leads up to the climactic decision he has to make.
“Readers anticipating a one-dimensional or shallow Western adventure will find Patch of Dirt something far more complex, showing how three very different people share their lives, come together, and depart. It's a powerful story that transcends the usual limits and perceptions of the Western romance, and will delight and surprise readers who seek something more than light action or casual romantic interplays.”
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Richard Lutman has a MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He has taught composition and literature courses at Rhode Island Community College, Fairfield University, The Learning Connection in Providence, Rhode Island, and short story classes as part of Coastal Carolina University's Lifelong Learning program. He has published over two dozen short stories, three chapbooks, two novellas and one nonfiction book. He was a 2008 Pushcart nominee in fiction and the recipient of national awards for his non-fiction, short stories and screenplays. “Patch of Dirt” is his first novel. He is a long time member of the Surfside Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop (SCWW). His web site is: www.patchofdirt.net.