The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living

In this masterful debut, Martin Clark proves to be the heir apparent of great Southern raconteurs and the envy of more seasoned novelists as he takes us on a frantic tour of the modern south.

Hung over, beaten by the unforgiving sun, bitter at his estranged wife, and dreading the day’s docket of petty criminal cases, Judge Evers Wheeling is in need of something on the morning he’s accosted by Ruth Esther English. Ruth Esther’s strange story certainly is something, and Judge Wheeling finds himself in uncharted territory. Reluctantly agreeing to help Ruth Esther retrieve some stolen money, he recruits his pot-addled brother and a band of merry hangers-on for the big adventure. Raucous road trips, infidelity, suspected killers, winning Lotto tickets, drunken philosophical rants, and at least one naked woman tied to a road sign ensue in The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, one part legal thriller, one part murder mystery, and all parts all wild.

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Reviews

“Arguably the funniest legal thriller ever written – a book that makes Clark seem like not only the thinking man’s John Grisham but, maybe better, the drinking man’s John Grisham.” –New York Times Magazine

“Outrageous…Exceedingly charming…You can climb aboard assured that the author is going to take you for a good ride [with] a deadpan, demotic prose style in which outrageous events and jokes reach their maximum amusement and poignancy for being so simply stated.” –Baltimore Sun

“Arguably the funniest legal thriller ever written – a book that makes Clark seem like not only the thinking man’s John Grisham but, maybe better, the drinking man’s John Grisham.” –New York Times Magazine

“…this wildly imaginative novel will be an instant classic.” –Book-of-the-Month Club

“…a fun, satisfying and unconventional first effort. Just north of Southern Gothic, just south of John Grisham, a few degrees to port of the supernatural.” –Washington Post

“…one of the funniest stories in recent years… a stimulating and thoughtful joy to inhale. Clark has a wonderful ear for dialogue and a[n]…imaginative and reliable eye for powerful metaphors.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“…plenty of mirth. As well as wild inventiveness, a stubborn investigation of faith, and a
wonderful openness to the miraculous. Let’s hope that Martin Clark’s day job as a circuit court judge doesn’t keep him away from the word processor too long.” –New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Mobile Home Living bristles with compelling courtroom scenes, plot twists, true-to-life characters from society’s jagged edge, country music and a gambler’s sense of risk.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Part John Grisham, part Hunter S. Thompson and part sheer grit, Clark’s first novel is admirable in its ability to propel the reader through implausible plot twists and turns to a point where we feel we’ve agreeably shared [a trip] with Judge Evers Wheeling…” –Denver Post
“…Vivid and convincing…Clark sashays in…and delivers the goods. The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living is a guilty pleasure of an altogether different kind. Call it an illegal thriller.” –New York Times
“…made me laugh so hard I fell off the sofa.” –Newsweek
“…so fresh and original that it will make most of the other books you’ve read lately seem like uninspired clones…the number one book to read this summer when you really want to be amused and entertained. Read this book and savor that rare thing, a uniquely creative story.” –Winston-Salem Journal
“Clark has that ability to spin an eccentric yarn that seems to be a dominate genetic trait below the Mason-Dixon Line.” –Boston Globe
“…readers…gasp at the epiphany at the end…the world has taken on order, the air is fresher, the sun beats down less harshly and love triumphs in a most human way.” –Virginia Lawyers Weekly
“An enthralling mix of Southern Gothic excess and legal procedure…” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Readers will find themselves willingly drawn along, charmed by the story’s idiosyncrasies, and surprised by the reversals and coincidences of Clark’s peculiar brand of story telling.” –Arizona Daily Star
“In Clark’s… landscape, nothing is as it seems, lust is color-blind and murder most weird becomes the main course. Clark sprinkles in ample samplings of Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard and John Kennedy Toole, but his mindset is purely original.” –The Jackson Mississippi Clarion-Ledger
“Highly enjoyable reading that is fast-moving and full of belly laughs.” –Library Journal
“The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living delivers a ripping good yarn. Threading elements of jurisprudence, mysticism and mystery, Clark has produced a novel that is complex and compelling.” –Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Outrageous…Exceedingly charming…You can climb aboard assured that the author is going to take you for a good ride [with] a deadpan, demotic prose style in which outrageous events and jokes reach their maximum amusement and poignancy for being so simply stated.” –Baltimore Sun
“It captures the wonderful peculiarities of one man’s world gone temporarily awry…Add to this wonderful scenario and likable ensemble of characters a twice-stolen bundle of money, an interstate treasure hunt, a mysterious, clue-filled letter, a murder trial and a surprise last-minute confession, and the stage is set for a subtly satiric jab at just about every socio-economic group that stands in the way of the novel’s careening plot.” –Greensboro News and Record
“…a witty, picaresque character study…funny yet profound observations emerge with graceful ease…a fine book and promising debut.” –Charleston Gazette-Mail
“This is truly a new voice, with a wildly original story to tell.” –Oxford American
“…Clark’s writing is excellent. The book should make great…reading for anyone interested in a very funny, fast-paced thriller with some of the most intriguing characters to be found anywhere.” –San Antonio Express-News
“Aside from having the best title I’ve heard in years, Martin Clark’s The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living is a wonderfully unique read, charming and funny and touching and twisted, as fresh and tart as a perfect martini. I was crazy about it.” –James Crumley
“This is a grand, rumbling ride through the world of Evers Wheeling and wild company. Clark’s novel is without restraint and perhaps without precedent, unless we consider another man with a mission, Ignatius J. Reilly, juggling a steady job, a perpetual hangover, and a fleet of outstanding weirdos. If I did not live such a sheltered existence, this is the book I’d love to write.” –Kaye Gibbons

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Literary Agent:

Sloan Harris – ICM Partners

Film and TV:

Cullen Conly – ICM Partners

Publicity/Appearances:

Gabrielle Brooks – c/o Alfred A. Knopf Publishing