• Hardcover: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (October 13, 2015)
The long-awaited prequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Rocket Boys—the basis for the movie October Sky
Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam Sr.—the future parents of Homer Hickam Jr.—were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie’s dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.
Unfulfilled as a miner’s wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days in Florida every day because of Buddy’s unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert who lived in the only bathroom in their little house. Eventually Homer gave Elsie an ultimatum: “Me or the alligator!” After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do—carry Albert home.
Carrying Albert Home tells the sweet, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a young couple and their special pet on a crazy 1,000-mile journey. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam’s rollicking novel is truly a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we call love.
About Homer Hickam
Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam Jr.) is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the #1New York Times memoir Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the popular film October Sky. A writer since grade school, he is also a Vietnam veteran, a former coal miner, a scuba instructor, an avid amateur paleontologist, and a retired engineer. He lives in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.
Homer’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, October 6th: bookchickdi
Thursday, October 8th: Man of La Book
Friday, October 9th: Books and Bindings
Monday, October 12th: Raven Haired Girl
Tuesday, October 13th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, October 13th: Books on the Table
Wednesday, October 14th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Thursday, October 15th: The many thoughts of a reader
Monday, October 19th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, October 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, October 21st: Lit and Life
Thursday, October 22nd: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Friday, October 23rd: 5 Minutes For Books