I write tragi-comedies. Balloon Animals is my first novel out since last yr 2012. Living Dead Lovers was published in oct 2013.
Synopsis: Balloon Animals is a road-trip and pilgrimage of unusual dimensions.
Follow me, Jonny Rowe, on a wild goose-chase from Ireland to the USA with my American grandfather’s remains in my red birthday balloon.
I use ‘remains’ in the loosest sense of the word: my grandfather, 45, puffed his last breaths of air into my birthday balloon before suffering a massive heart attack right there at my birthday party which becomes my deathday party.
Feeling responsible for 45’s death and as a thank-you for filling Clinical Dad’s void after leaving that questionable suicide note, I make it my quest to return 45 to his birthplace amongst the corn of Iowa, USA, suspended inside his soul-bubble. This journey might also help me with my identity-crisis … I’m a genealogy student, by the way. And who knows, maybe I’ll find love. I tend to find things when I’m not looking for them.
I have more detours on my pilgrimage than I had planned because 45 isn’t the man we thought we knew … if we ever knew him.
Join me on a desperate race against time to unveil the truth as my birthday balloon begins to deflate and loose 45 forever to the wind.
Jonathan Dunne is the author of ‘Balloon Animals’. Admittedly, Jonathan has done things arse-ways most of his life, from completing a BA in Literature in his thirties to fitting teeth brackets (30’s, porcelain). During this general confusion, Jonathan has written and published a variety of short stories. Jonathan realized that he had a penchant for scribbling when, as a child, he would join the items on his mother’s shopping list: the carrots were soon blaming the cabbage for the murder. Jonathan suffers from photophobia though has a tendency towards fireworks. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, he now lives the reclusive life in Toledo Spain, as a bearded hermit, with his wife and two daughters. Jonathan can be found strolling the local cemetery in Toledo of a Saturday afternoon with his Vietnamese pot-belly pig Georgie.
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