Lefty’s Tavernacle



Finally! Lefty’s Tavernacle is here! This collection of funny, heart-rending, tragic, and life-lesson tales about a group of colorful misfits in a small fishing village in the Pacific Northwest brings to life a raucous period in the freewheeling 1950s and ’60s on the Oregon coast.

The 20 stories in Lefty’s Tavernacle are centered around Lefty’s Tavern, the only drinking establishment in the isolated village of Chickamin Bay. Every Sunday morning, Lefty’s booths become pews, its bar stools become balcony seats, and the jukebox music switches from country-western to praise-the-lord hymns. Yes, the tavern is miraculously transformed into the gathering place of Bible-thumping church-goers led by Reverend Wright Turkington. But all is not well. In the words of fiery little Annie Pritchard, “The sooner we can get out of this den of iniquity, the better.” Will a hurricane and crashed ship give them the lumber needed to build Reverend Turkington’s “dream” church? Or will battles between fishermen and bikers, the ridiculous actions of two town drunks, or the desire of the Arago Indians to have a longhouse scuttle their plans?

Here’s what reviewers have said.

“What a time this must have been. I wish I could have been there.”

“There are more colorful characters here than in
Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and Keillor’s Lake Wobegon combined.”

“I can’t wait for the next book.”

This novel is suggested forĀ Adults, 17 and up


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