Parnassus Books is excited to welcome Daniel Wallace as he reads from and signs Extraordinary Adventures.
Daniel Wallace likes to say Extraordinary Adventures began with four words: “Bronfman won a prize,” and out of them sprung 100,000 more. Wallace knew immediately that his main character, Edsel Bronfman, with a last name like Bronfman, would be a man whose situation in life was unremarkable and who could be made happy by something, anything.
So when Edsel gets a call from Carla D’Angelo, operator 61217 at Extraordinary Adventures, alerting him to the fact he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida, he is flabbergasted. But, there are conditions, seemingly insurmountable obstacles: the offer is intended for a couple, and it expires in 79 days. Carla persists, “Anything could happen in 79 days…” The phone call jolts Edsel into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway.
Daniel Wallace is the J.Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels, Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam.