AUTHOR: Michael Rupured
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning
LENGTH: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2016
BLURB: Tellumo Magnamater is a fresh-out-of-college, first-year English teacher at Salt Lick County High School in Kentucky. He rides the bus to and from work, and every day he walks to the gym behind his small efficiency apartment to exercise. Perhaps because of being raised by two lesbians, Tellumo is attracted to older men. He sets his sights on fifty-something available bachelor Oliver Crumbly. But Tellumo isn’t the only resident interested in Oliver.
Peggy Tucker, a widow approaching her sixtieth birthday, is determined to marry again, and she thinks Oliver is her perfect match. Despite Tellumo and Peggy striking up a friendship at the gym, neither realizes they are interested in the same man. But the joke might be on both of them. Oliver, a retired history teacher, is the original crotchety old man who hates everything and everybody—especially young people.
The issues Trish and Jules were passionate about stemmed from the actions of greedy old white men. Given their disdain for the patriarchy, Tellumo speculated they must have been horrified to give birth to a boy, rather than the daughter they surely would have preferred. Whatever their initial reaction may have been, they loved him, and had been as good or better at parenting as others he’d known with the same job title.
Like any good son, however, Tellumo followed his mothers’ wishes and directives more when they were around than when they weren’t. He sometimes ate red meat and was particularly fond of veal. As Trish swore she could smell meat on him, sneaking around for the occasional hamburger or scaloppini had added a little excitement to his life. Ditto his taste in men. Old white guys were the enemy. Perhaps that’s why Tellumo found them so attractive.
The Corral was filling up fast for the popular three o’clock Boot Steppin’ class. Tellumo was ready to start his cooldown when the Silver Fox entered the gym. Tellumo guessed he was in his late forties or early fifties and was pretty sure he was gay. Everything about him screamed uptight in a way Tellumo found endearing. Navy stripes on the tube socks pulled up almost to his knees matched his long basketball shorts and a stripe across the shoulders of the white, V-neck, short-sleeved shirt he wore. Tellumo had seen him wearing variations on the same outfit in a wide range of color combinations, many with matching shoes.
What set the dapper gentleman apart from the rest of the guys, however, was his participation in the group classes. He was comfortable enough with his masculinity to be the only guy in a room full of women. Tellumo felt certain his female classmates watched his every move. He would—and did whenever he had the opportunity.
The fact the Silver Fox was an older white guy pushed all Tellumo’s buttons. His mothers would no doubt rather he lived on veal for the rest of his life.
Michael Rupured loves to write. Before learning the alphabet, he filled page after page with rows of tiny circles he now believes were his first novels, and has been writing ever since. He lives in Athens, Georgia, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, came out as a gay man at the age of twenty-one in the late 1970s, and considers surviving his wild and reckless twenties to have been a miracle. To find out what Michael’s up to now, visit his blog (rupured.com), follow him on Twitter (@crotchetyman) or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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