is Peter Pappalardo’s second novel in as many years. His first, Bluegrass, detailed the life and times of a small-town, semi-professional
bluegrass band in Northeastern
Pennsylvania. Pappalardo has taught writing, English and the
sciences for 25 years, and has written humor columns and stories about music
and the arts in Northeastern
Pennsylvania for the last fifteen.
An inveterate musician with informal training, he plays stand-up bass, guitar,
mandolin and nose flute with several different bluegrass, old-timey, gospel and
Irish bands, many of which are called “The Lost Ramblers.”
Pappalardo was born and raised in
the small village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania, and his family became
refugees as a result of the ill-fated Tocks Island Dam project when, in
1970, the Army Corps of Engineers did to
the locals what the locals had done to the Indians.
Pappalardo claims to be the founder of a rare group
of native Americans known as the "Awopaho Tribe,” and his writings
chronicle a disappearing local way of life which is rapidly
supplanted by suburbs and “citiots”, a fate he terms “death by
burbicide.” He is currently working on his doctorate,
which he will receive when he is too old to do anything useful, a modus
operandi which has thus far prevented him from making any massive faux paux or
Pappalardo has been rejected by all
the best and brightest agents and publishing houses in New York City and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and
recordings. He has played music, cards and board games with famous people
including the entire Duke basketball team of 1977, the late Mr. Greenjeans of
Captain Kangaroo fame, Bob Dorough, who penned the popular songs for ABC’s
“School House Rock” and many other fine and famous musicians and raconteurs who
make their home in and around the Poconos.
He is an outdoorsman, erstwhile
dartshooter, tile mason and woodworker, and the father of four fine sons, all
of whom fortunately favor their sainted mother.