Books by Tim Sandlin

Tim Sandlin is the author of several novels, including Skipped Parts (a New York Times Notable Book) and Sorrow Floats.

ROWDY IN PARIS by Tim Sandlin
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"An occasionally funny novel with an ultimately unlikable hero."
A rodeo rider rampages through the City of Lights. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"Sandlin's seventh novel (after Honey Don't, not reviewed) has some lively flourishes, but the one-note humor quickly palls."
Ancient hippies, defying mortality, rise up against the administrators of their retirement community in this near-future black comedy. Read full book review >
Released: June 9, 1995

In the final installment of his GroVont trilogy (Skipped Parts, 1991; Sorrow Floats, 1992), Sandlin completes the backwoods soap opera in which our hero loses his girl, searches for his father, and finally comes of age at 33. Not that Sam Callahan is a late bloomer in all respects: Readers of the earlier works will recall that he became a father at 13 and inherited his Grandpa Caspar's gigantic North Carolina estate five years later. Nevertheless, he has maintained a prepubescent psyche that is no longer equal to his situation. ``Traumatic events always happen,'' according to Sam, ``exactly two years before I reach the maturity level to deal with them.'' Today, he has his hands full: His wife has left him, his daughter has lost her virginity, his mother is wanted for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan's dog, and his writer's block has left him two years behind schedule with Bucky on Half Dome (the latest of the young-adult novels that have made his name as an author). How better to take his mind off things than by tracking down his father? It seems that Sam's mother conceived him as the result of a gang-rape perpetrated by five high-school football players who still live in the neighborhood. Sam finds that looking them up only increases his misery—in a variety of ways that most readers could have predicted—but in the end he succeeds in piecing together a new life from the fragments of the old. About as intricate as an episode of Cheers, Sandlin's narrative is likable enough but relies too heavily on a quick tempo and a wry voice. Good clean fun, but not much else. Read full book review >
SORROW FLOATS by Tim Sandlin
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

Another yahoo yarn from Sandlin (Skipped Parts, 1991; Western Swing, 1988), who steps out in narrative drag this time as Maury Talbot, a dipso Wyoming cowgirl who hits the road, dries out, and grows up en route to North Carolina. Like all good drifters, Maury heads away on a pretext because she hasn't any choice: The eight-month binge that started at her Daddy's funeral has left her living in a tent behind what used to be her home, while a local bimbo nurses her baby inside and waits for the Talbot divorce to come through. Under the circumstances, then, an opportunity to drive a hundred cases of Coors cross- country in a derelict ambulance with an obese cripple and his unlicensed friend appears as an attractive alternative to suicide- -which has already been tried without much success. Maury's road companions, as it happens, are both reformed alcoholics who plot out their itinerary along an uneven line that touches every A.A. meeting on the way. Poor Maury. She knows that sooner or later she'll have to relent, but she's too tough to give in without a fight, and it takes a string of catastrophes reminiscent of the Pharaonic plagues to beat her eyes open. Robbery, rape, and mutilation conspire to show her what life is like down below, and her friends in the backseat help her make the causal connections and work out an alternative. Once that has happened, her story suddenly seems a lot less intriguing, but fortunately (for us) it doesn't happen until the very end. Readable and obvious: Sandlin doesn't have much of a tale here, but plays it with panache. Good for your next long flight. Read full book review >