5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, tragic, deep, and altogether enjoyable!
Let’s say you’re a homeless mystic called Mutt. Nobody, including you, knows your real name. You live under a New Orleans overpass with your dog, Fred. You achieve sudden notoriety by getting the case of your friend Melodie LaGrande thrown out of night court. Melodie is a transgendered dancer busted for unlawful display of nipples without pasties. But as you point out, she is legally a he, and it is not against the law for a man to show his chest.
You have just bested one of New Orleans’s cleverest and most conniving Assistant District Attorneys. The victory is more or less accidental, but solid. What do you do next? Why, run for city council, of course! With the backing of all the street people in the city, and of the Assistant DA you have just bested. Who is, naturally, always plotting her revenge.
But Mutt has powerful allies. There’s his wife Fred (the dog, who is a female). There’s Melodie, a veritable force of nature when she gets moving. There’s Rodrigo, keeper of Professor O’s All-Fact Encyclopedia. There’s Noonie and her duck, Ellis D. And all the “streets” of the French Quarter.
Unimportant People is a story of contemporary New Orleans, its people, its politics, and the ambience of magic realism that forever pervades it. The story is deep, it is hilarious, it is tragic, it is absurd — like the city it displays.
5.0 out of 5 stars WAY more fun than a little bit!
You will grow to love the main characters in this story, told with a taste of the underbelly of New Orleans, and the rich flavors of diversity therein. Through the hilarity and madness, shines through a provoking and very human (although one of the main characters is a dog) account of modern life. Funny, fun, captivating and touching.
5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT OR WEEP
Insightful, amusing and thoughtful ruminations of Louisiana history and its’ people
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like home
Marvelous story that makes you want to join in. Many of the characters are real but with names changed to protect the guilty. The author’s mind must be as warped as some of his characters. Loved the book.