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BookLife review of Sun City



I was notified by BookLife that Publisher's Weekly had selected my book, Sun City, for a focused review. It posted today with an overwhelmingly lovely commentary. Thanks so much to Publisher's Weekly and Booklife.

Minson (Perspectives) unfurls a deliriously funny tale of retribution set in a Texas retirement community overrun by garden gnomes and feral pigs and controlled by a bullying board of directors. Seventy-year-old widower Cal Yarborough feels like he’s been sentenced to life in the Sun City senior independent living community. Medically, it’s safer for him there after his heart attack, but he’s a man of the earth, a lifelong farmer devastated at losing his purpose. He’s dismayed by the militant, power-hungry Sun City Board, led by arrogant retired Navy admiral Karl “Kong” Lurkey, who drives around in a golf cart modified to look like an F-15 fighter jet and blares Kenny Loggins’s “Danger Zone.” Wild Bill, a former CIA agent turned hippie and rock band roadie, has a scheme to buy out the board, which can’t be voted out. He’s got a secret stash of fast-growing marijuana seeds obtained from a defunct Cold War operation against Fidel Castro, and with Cal’s farming skills and the distribution connections of fellow resident Todd, a former mob boss in witness protection, they plan to sell enough super pot to blunt the board. Minson imbues his narrative with absurdity, heart, and razor-sharp wit, and builds intrigue as the silver-haired upstarts fully commit to their last chance to feel relevant. This is a gem.


Sun City, A Hilariously Addictive Story of Rebellion Sun City: A Hilariously Addictive Story of Rebellion: Minson, Matthew: 9798985471748: Amazon.com: Books was inspired by a visit to a real master-planned retirement community while attending the Austin Film Festival where Matthew Minson's, Down at The Balinese, the last great American crime story not yet told, was being awarded. Seeing this strange and untold world as a perfect setting for a universal story of humor, heart, and community, he began work on the novel. The rest has been a wild trip of laughter, awards, and popular success including the 2022 Best Indie Book Award for Humor Sun City - Official Best Indie Book Awards and a debut on amazon's best seller status. When asked about the PW review Minson said, "It's so humbling and gratifying to read that Sun City continues to resonate with readers. I couldn't be more pleased." Look for the companion book to Sun City, the forthcoming, Crockettville, an environmental comedy, set for 2024. In the meantime, for history buffs, scientists and lovers of really great books, there's Minson's dramatization on the life of Galileo Galilei, And Yet It Moves, Galileo and the Price of Genius. And Yet It Moves: Galileo and the Price of Genius by Matthew Minson, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) And Yet It Moves: Galileo and the Price of Genius|Paperback www.barnesandnoble.com


Sun City - Official Best Indie Book Awards 🏆 2022 BIBA® Humor/Satire Winner! A Heart-Warming Recipe for Fun Take one old farmer, a salacious genius chef named Betty Crocker, a former CIA operative bestindiebookaward.com


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