Rights offering detail :
Smarter than Elvis
July 12, 2019
Author:
Matt Davis
Category:
Fiction: Debut
Description:
"Smarter than Elvis" is a comedy which details the strange life of beer-swilling Alabama townie Derlin Spurlock and his haphazard attempts to better himself and rise in the world upon impregnating a local teenager. Beginning in 1967, we join Derlin and his soon-to-be wife Mavis in courtship. After an inevitable shotgun wedding, Mavis gives birth to twin boys Randy and Ollie. However, due to an unfortunate birthmark the boys share on their foreheads, rumors swirl and the simple, rural townsfolk incorrectly identify them as spawns of the devil. Derlin and his young family are chased from the hospital and town by a torch and pitchfork-wielding mob. The family spend the next several months living in an abandoned windmill in the forest while Derlin keeps things afloat via a series of rake-brandishing, masked "armed robberies" of grocery stores around town. Once he's jailed, Mavis returns to her parents and Derlin's long, strange tale of redemption begins as he vows to win back her love and become the respectable husband and father his family deserves. His road to respectability takes him through various odd jobs and a stint in the army. In his travels, he befriends the likes of Lyndon Johnson and Satchel Paige, and though the Spurlocks live in a fictional town, history is happening around them in real time. They experience major current events and popular culture of the time. The pages are peppered with the twangs of classic country music coming from Derlin’s car radio. We meet generations of Derlin’s bizarre, back-country extended family, all with a “reputation” earned and finely honed in their small town of Coverdale as they cling to the fringes of regular society.
Rights available:
All rights available, seeking representation and publication.
Other Information:
This book is the first part of a decades-long timeline involving the Spurlock family. I am currently 40 pages into the sequel. Derlin's off-kilter, often-befuddled worldview constantly leads him down paths of difficulty, but you'll find yourself rooting for him regardless. The writing is quick, episodic and full of gut-laugh slapstick though there is the occasional tearful moment.

I grew up in rural Western North Carolina and was raised on the pages of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams and Flannery O'Conner. As a writer my dream was to create something as masterfully comedic as John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces" and I feel I've given it a good shot here. I am happy to provide any manuscript samples upon request.
Contact:
Matt Davis
mmrdavis@gmail.com
phone: 8285075288
24 Charter Gln, Asheville, NC 28804-8618
Offering #:
15397
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