Griffin Bay Bookstore and the Public Library present…
Harold Taw is an accomplished attorney, screenwriter, and, most importantly for us, author! He and his new book, Adventures of the Karaoke King, will be at the Griffin Bay Bookstore at 7pm on Saturday the 30th. Want to find out more about the book? Here’s the scoop from Nancy Larsen:
Adventures of the Karaoke King is about the lives of transplanted people from around the globe who keep falling just short of their dreams. In Harold Taw’s entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity.
Guy Watanabe is a thirty-something man who is marginally in touch with his Asian heritage and completely out of touch with his own needs and desires.
Recovering from a divorce, Watanabe is unsure of himself and his future. When he wins a local karaoke contest, he discovers not only a newfound confidence, but also the courage to take risks. With the victor’s medallion in hand, he seizes the moment—his life changes dramatically, albeit not as he might have hoped.
Thus begins a wild ride for the karaoke king: a weekend romp with Megumi, a former hooker, a beating, and the loss of his beloved medallion. Stung by this humiliation, he musters courage long dormant, and his quest begins. From the western states and on to Asia, then a return trip home in a shipping container, readers follow his encounters with other global drifters, all desperate to attain their dreams, all seeking the light.
Will a Korean barmaid be his downfall or his redemption? Will Billy, a closeted gay man, or Milt, a heavily armed dwarf, help Guy on his journey? And what about the patricidal Chinese businessman who will stop at nothing to create a global karaoke empire? At the heart of this story is Guy Watanabe’s quest for truth, hope, and self-discovery.