The One That Got Away - Author Clint Hofer
This lighthearted, humorous, romantic novel set in St. Louis is available for review.
By Clint Hofer
$ 14.95 / ISBN 978-1-64424-
In this lighthearted, humorous, romantic story, the beautiful Terri Zimmerman returns to her childhood home in South St. Louis on the eve of the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993, and her life is forever changed. When Terri was growing up, she lived with her parents above the Zimmerman Bakery that is now a tavern named the Stag Club. Terri becomes friends with Dinty Smith, the proprietor of the Stag Club. She also gets reacquainted with the handsome Glen Wunsch, a childhood friend who is the last member of a once prominent St. Louis brewing family. Glen's grandmother is Anna Grosse, the infamous Lavendar Lady who once dominated St. Louis high society and who again finds herself in the spotlight as the namesake of a new floating casino called the Belle of Calhoun.
Terri, while selling perfume at the Famous-Barr store in Crestwood Plaza, meets and befriends Barbara Grogan, known as the Happy Hooker because she hosts a television program about the sport of fishing. The two girls eventually have a falling out. Terri's best friend is a girl from the Philippines named Paz Militante. Terri and Paz sell perfume together and are constantly discovering they have a great deal in common. When the flood hits, it sweeps through South St. Louis and destroys everything in its path, but ironically also brings new relationships and revelations to the forefront.
About the Author
Clint Hofer has lived in St. Louis his entire life. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He loves the rich history of St. Louis and his writing reflects that. He also loves the outdoors and incorporated his love of nature into his novel. Also a baseball fan, Clint has for many years written about amateur baseball in the St. Louis area. He is connected with the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and writes about the inductees. He jokingly states his name is short for Hall Of Famer. Clint himself played baseball at the Stag Athletic Club, hence using the name Stag Club for the fictional tavern in his novel.
The One That Got Away is Clint's first book. The idea for the book came to him while driving by a deserted brewery in South St. Louis. He grew up learning about the rich brewing heritage in St. Louis, the beer capital of the U.S. because of Anheuser-Busch, and integrated this information into his novel. Although The One That Got Away is a comedy, Clint is actually a very serious person. Comedy writing is something that comes naturally to him. Comedy is a serious business!
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