Turtle-Girl from East Pukapuka, The
Turtle-Girl from East Pukapuka, The

Publisher - Coffeetown Press Author - Cole Alpaugh

The island of East Pukapuka lies in the path of a tsunami that will kill everyone but Butter, a girl more worried about the lives of the injured animals she cares for than her own. Butter is rescued by a Loggerhead Sea Turtle who carries her away on his back. As she and her exhausted savior begin to sink, the girl is plucked out of the sea by Jesus Dobby, the boozy owner of a salvage boat who is thrilled to have found a genuine "turtle-girl" hybrid. Dante Wheeler "dies" in a terrible skiing accident and revives in a twilight state. He then heads to Polynesia, where he encounters Ophelia, a beautiful blond policewoman who agrees to transport him to East Pukapuka.

Jope and Ratu, a pair of bumbling pirates, steal a vessel laden with cocaine. They are hotly pursued by the drug-runners' hit man Albino Paul, a descendent of cannibals, whose goal is to reclaim his heritage.
Fate pokes its fickle finger at the lives of these hapless souls. In Alpaugh's world, there are no morality lessons and even the gods are incompetent. His characters are fatally flawed, hilarious, and heartbreakingly human.

Reviews
"Alpaugh's words dance in the mind and tug on the heart."
    --Regan Leigh, writer/blogger

"Alpaugh reminds me of James Morrow with more gore and explosions. He has created a fairy tale with mythic figures and classic characters; and an assumptive logic to the cosmos that allows him to end the story without tying everything up with a bow. The Turtle Girl from East Pukapuka made me laugh and made me cringe, but most importantly it made me think about the world order and how to spend the time we are here."
    --Uncle Barb's Blog, UncleBarb.com

"I love novels that sweep me far away and this story did not disappoint."      --Joyce Lynn O'Donnell, London's Peckham Library

"The book is playful and comic in its creation of such misunderstandings and coincidences. As their stories unfold and intersect, one comes to believe the island is indeed paradise, as Jesus plays a heroic role and the cannibal, Albino Paul, the shark god , and the birds pay out a finale resounding with echoes of myth."
    --Foreword Reviews, Fall 2012

"Alpaugh's words dance in the mind and tug on the heart."
    --Regan Leigh, writer/blogger

"A book club favourite ... Alpaugh broke our hearts with The Bear in a Muddy Tutu, then brought tears of laughter with The Turtle-Girl from East Pukapuka."
    --Ann Davies, Vancouver Island Regional Library

"Lyrical and yet wonderfully warped, if The Lord of the Flies had been written by Kurt Vonnegut, you would have some idea of what to expect from Alpaugh's second novel."
    --Hua Lin, MLS, Los Angeles Public Library

"A veritable feast for lovers of playfully absurd fiction."
    --Josh McAuliffe, The Scranton Times-Tribune


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Category: Fiction | General Suggested Price: 15.95 Release Date: 07/01/2012 ISBN: 978-1-60381-116-3 Product Type: Paperback # Pages: 261