Last Night on the Gorilla Tour When the famous explorer Richard L. Garner boards the train from Lynchburg in 1921, he is looking forward to a few hours of peace while he prepares the final speech of his fund-raising tour. After tonight's talk in Kxville about New Discoveries in Gorilla Family Life, he'll rest for a week and then go back to French Equatorial Africa. Despite the care with which he has lived his life, Garner could never have anticipated the people who will intrude on him that day: A lovely young woman trying to leave her mistakes behind; a man stalking her who kws her secrets; the man's odd-but-artistic ten-year-old son, and a teenaged travelin' traveler who suffers from a rare disease. By the time the train arrives in Kxville this little family of travelers will be so barbarously entangled only an emotional explosion can separate them. The story opens in Greenville, Tennessee, in 1920 when the young woman, Clara Talbot, and her eventual stalker, Linder Charles, meet by chance in a grocery store. The strange love affair that evolves between them cant be settled until Clara surrenders to Linder something longer hers to give. Unfortunately for Professor Garner, their twisting trails have led them aboard his train. When Clara enters his cabin and asks him to help with her little problem, the course of all their lives will change. What follows involves thievery, an abduction, a daring leap from the train, an escape through a swamp, manslaughter, and a wild race along the Holston River to assure that everyone winds up in Kxville at the same time and place. And at every stage: lies-lots of lies-until some final truths are revealed in a way that helps one. Funny, gripping, sexy and intelligent, Last Night on the Gorilla Tour is a quirky and entertaining vel about love, family and the animal in us all.
About Hugh Gilmore Hugh Gilmore has been a teacher, an anthropologist who studied monkeys in Africa, a drama critic, novelist, newspaper columnist, and owner of an old and rare bookshop. His life, he says, has involved an exciting, but driving, quest for self-improvement that eventually led to peaceful self-acceptance. Much of his life is embedded in his themed memoir, My Three Suicides: A Success Story, released in 2015. He lives with his wife and son in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia and still operates his rare book business. He is the author of two novels, a story collection, several e-books, and now, this funny and wise memoir. He writes a weekly column about books and reading for The Chestnut Hill Local.