Houseboat Wars

Houseboat Wars

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Author: Charles Bush
Publisher: GD Publishing
Length: 236 page(s)
Written: Mar 2019
Sales Rank: - XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 107

Category: Fiction & Literature » Novels  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: Historical fiction, Legal thriller, Lawyer, Marin County, Sausalito, 1970s, Hippies, Hippie movement

IT’S 1977, AND BATTLES RAGE ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY OVER ATTEMPTS TO EVICT HUNDREDS

In the waning days of the hippie movement, along a stretch of San Francisco Bay known as Waldo Point, hundreds of young people live in an improvised community of off-kilter houseboats, taking inspiration from their guru, garrulous eighty-four-year-old Achille Palaiologos.
A change in property ownership threatens the community’s existence: the new owner, a developer, wants everyone evicted. The houseboaters fight back, enlisting in their cause Legal Aid attorney Rick Spenser. Battles ensue, both legal and physical, in the courts and on land and water. After a daring act of sabotage upends the developer’s plans, the houseboaters split into bitterly opposed factions over whether or not to propose a compromise plan. Meanwhile Rick, though supposedly committed to girlfriend Tiffany Wong, is attracted to houseboat leader Becky Yates. Both these conflicts culminate in a day and night of tragedy, betrayal and fear.
In the aftermath, Rick strives to repair his relationship with Tiffany, while Rick and Becky together struggle to save the community and end the houseboat wars.


"…a fun and thoughtful read…probes the ‘nobody's right when everybody's wrong’ culture clashes of the 1970s…put on your favorite old vinyl album, read and enjoy the ride."—Don Daglow, author of The Fog Seller
“The Sausalito, California houseboat wars of the ‘70s…makes for a wild chapter in Bay Area history and an entertaining read.”—Cyra McFadden, author of The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County
“…a fascinating, fictional chronicle of…the house-boat community of Sausalito, California…suspenseful and a page turner. I highly recommend this well written book.”—Colleen Rae, author of One Sausalito Summer
“In this thriller, a houseboat community’s legal case against developers in 1977 California culminates in murder…The attorney protagonist getting caught up in more melodrama than lawyering makes for an unusual but convincing tale.”—Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author


Member since: Feb 2014
Publications on XinXii:  2
Charles Bush is a former attorney whose clients ranged from inmates on San Quentin Prison’s Death Row to residents of embattled San Francisco Bay houseboat communities. His first novel, What Went Wrong With Oscar Toll? (2014), told the story of a lawyer handling a death penalty appeal and won the award for Best Legal Thriller in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Charles is currently working on a historical novel set in eighteenth-century China. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri; graduated from Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School; and currently lives in San Francisco with his husband in an 1877 Victorian they’ve renovated.

Charles’ website can be found at www.charlesbush-author.com
Charles Bush is a former attorney who specialized in criminal defense, death penalty appeals, and civil rights litigation. What Went Wrong With Oscar Toll? is not an actual case, but rather an imaginary one based on Charles’ years of first-hand experience in the secretive world of death penalty defense. Charles is mining another part of his legal career by writing a novel, tentatively titled Houseboat Wars, about a young lawyer enlisted to help a colorful but illegal San Francisco Bay houseboat community threatened with eviction. It’s a lot of fun for the young attorney until . . . there’s a murder.
Charles is also interested in Asian culture, has visited many Asian countries, and has completed a modern novel loosely based on the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri; educated at Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School; and currently lives in San Francisco with his husband in an 1877 Victorian they’ve renovated.
To keep up with the latest about Charles Bush, visit his web page: www.charlesbush-author.com

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