Scott Gould, The Hammerhead Chronicles

On the day Claude slaps down a credit card for an expensive racing bicycle, his soon-to-be-ex-wife passes away. As Claude begins a quest to pedal away from his marriage and his grief, we encounter the Southern eccentrics that orbit his world: his overly independent, rebellious teenage daughter; his foul-mouthed sister-in-law who deftly stalks her husband's mistress; twin, gay bookstore owners who serve the profitable underground Confederacy market out of their "special" back room; the math professor possessing an attic full of rats and a penchant for revenge; a skinny bartender-named for a Marine base-who preaches a suck-it-up philosophy; and Claude's recently deceased wife, observing it all from the Great Beyond, where she is annoyed by the lack of decent weather and by the troubled, tangled lives she left behind.

This ensemble of quirky, narrative voices dovetail for a fast-moving, comic story of longing and redemption, while flipping a number of Southern clichés on their ears.


Scott Gould was born, raised, and still lives in South Carolina. The Hammerhead Chronicles is his fourth book. He is a two-time winner of the S.C. Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Prose and the S.C. Academy of Authors Fiction Fellowship. Other honors include the 2022 Memoir Prize for Books, an Independent Press Award, an IPPY Award for Southern fiction and the Larry Brown Short Story Award. Gould teaches creative writing at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. He is always pulling for the Braves.

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ISBN: 9781940771779
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Published: University of North Georgia - November 15th, 2022

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