THE CAPTAIN OF KINNOULL HILL (Palimpsest Press, 2016)
Dennis Duckworth—widely considered the least-likeable person on the Chicago music scene—is a philanderer and a misanthrope with a history of inflicting pain and suffering on nearly everyone he meets. When a routine flight from New York mysteriously alters its path, he finds himself penniless and stranded on a wooded hillside in rural Scotland. The hill is home to Eddie the Red Cap—a curmudgeonly, thousand-year-old goblin who secretly loves books and regrets the violent past of his people. Eddie is determined to put his murderous life of mayhem behind him; Dennis merely wants to stop being a jackass. How can it be that Dennis faces the bigger challenge? Filled with absurdity, magic, humour and hope, The Captain of Kinnoull Hill asks what happens when we can no longer abide our own nature. How much can we truly change about ourselves and — in the end — is it worth it to try?
“If you’ve worked in the music industry, you know someone like Dennis Duckworth – an ironic, Gen-X, music obsessive – who somehow remains a sympathetic character. In the spirit of Nick Hornby, Jamie Tennant tells a funny, fast moving tale of a resilient (and often idiotic) man work working through his life problems. This book is very fun and has a lot of heart.”
⎯Max Kerman, The Arkells
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