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Local author Patrick Macfarland to read from his new novel, "Plum Crazy"

SAN DIEGO -- Local resident Patrick Macfarland, author of "Plum Crazy," will give the first public reading of his new novel and sign books from 6 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 24, at Martini's Above Fourth in Hillcrest.

This event is limited to ages 21 and older.

SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel reviews "Plum Crazy"

From Melbourne to San Diego to Paris, author Patrick Macfarland takes you on a wild ride of family and intrigue.

Connor Plum and Peter Camden are living the idyllic life in Melbourne, Australia. Recently married, they are happy and far away from any family drama.
When Connor’s cousin dies, the two men are on a plane to Paris to attend the funeral, with Peter meeting Connor’s father side of the family – the Plums.

The two men figure they only have to survive Christmas and New Year’s with this crazy cast of characters, but making it to the New Year turns out to be more of a challenge than they could have ever imagined.

To say the Plums are eccentric is putting things mildly. Peter and Connor go from this idyllic life by the ocean to mayhem. Gambling, drugs, alcoholism, homophobia, racism and secrets, secrets, secrets …

When the two men discover the one family secret that could blow the Plums right out of the water – well – this is where the wheels fall off the bus.
I found the book a little slow in the beginning, but very quickly I was sucked in and quite involved with this crazy family. And just when I thought I knew the answers – I found that I knew nothing.

The ending left me wanting more. And I’m hopeful Macfarland has a sequel in his head somewhere that he plans to put on paper.

P.S. If you are squeamish about gay sex – know that there are some very well-written sex scenes, but it’s not the focus of the book.

More information

"Plum Crazy" is an LGBT-themed mystery/thriller novel that revolves around protagonist couple, Peter Camden and Connor Plum, who visit family in Paris after a cousin suddenly dies. Several members of the Plum family suffer from addictions that have controlled their lives for many years.

"I chose to write about topics that are relevant to today's culture. The importance of a gay, married couple is huge to have people open their minds to the fact that there are loving, committed gay relationships," Macfarland said. "Much of the book also deals with the protagonists' interactions with the Plum family, who are plagued by alcoholism, sex addiction, gambling addiction, drug addiction, and choose to be racist or homophobic."

"Plum Crazy" can be purchased at Amazon.com and patrickmacfarland.com .

To view the Plum Crazy fan page on Facebook, click HERE.

SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.