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September 30, 2015



The Great Depression had turned the American dream into a bitter tragedy. That’s when Elsie and Homer’s epic adventure began …A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger. This is a tale where everything is true, except the bits that are made up. In 1930s America, the Great Depression made everyone’s horizons smaller, and Elsie Lavender found herself back where she began, in the coalfields of West Virginia. She had just one memento of her halcyon days – a baby alligator named Albert. Then one day, her husband’s stoical patience snapped and Elsie had to choose between Homer and Albert. She decided that there was only one thing to do: they would carry Albert home to Florida. And so began their odyssey – a journey like no other, where Elsie, Homer and Albert encountered everything from movie stars and revolutionaries to Ernest Hemingway and hurricanes in their struggle to find love, redemption, and a place to call home.
From the bestselling author of Rocket Boys-the basis of the movie October Sky-comes a long-awaited prequel. Big Fish meets The Notebook in this novel about a man, a woman, and their alligator.
My Review
I loved reading Carrying Albert Home. The story is a blend of fact and fiction about a man and his wife and her alligator. This book has already got publishers around the world talking. Around the globe UK and the US, Spain, France, Japan, Nordic, Germany, Holland, Hungary and Italy have all loved the style and the sense of humour this quirky romantic journey that takes place. Homer loves Elsie and Elsie loves Albert. It is a classic love triangle. Except that Albert is an alligator. Albert the cute little alligator five inches long was bought for Elsie by a friend as a wedding present. Albert mostly lives in their bathtub. Homer tells his wife Elsie it is me or the alligator as Homer explains to his wife, while he was sitting on the toilet doing his business Albert the alligator climbed out of the bathtub and grabbed his pants. If Homer hadn’t run the alligator surely would have killed him. Elsie is the most important person in Homer’s life, but is Homer the most important person in Elsie’s life? Elsie  decides that she wants to take her alligator to Orlando.  Homer and Elsie start a journey of thousands of miles with an alligator on the back seat.  I recommend Carrying Albert Home as the story is a journey is like no other.

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