Two friends live unapologetically on the edge of poverty in the rugged, un-decorous part of the South. Jimmy, a single father with an addict ex, and Jeffers, a magician whose tricks are closer to miracles—both are immersed in a place where trailers and Hot Pockets dominate the landscape, and alligators roam free. When Jimmy witnesses “losing” his best friend to his biggest trick gone awry, he reflects on their lifelong friendship and what it really means to escape.


Kyle Tibbs Jones, "2019 Summer Reading Roundup", The Bitter Southerner

Jason Katz,

"The Peninsula of Lost Youth", Ploughshares

“Hooks does so much more than create a new spin on the mystical, mythical South. This fascinating debut delves into the true nature of the heart: everyone’s need to belong to someone, to some place, and, most importantly, to  oneself.” 

Erica Dawson, author of When Rap Spoke Straight to God

“I’ve died and been born anew! C.H. Hooks is a damned wizard, and Alligator Zoo-Park Magic is a holy hell of a book.” 

 –Harrison Scott Key, author of Congratulations, Who Are You Again? and The World’s Largest Man

“Draw a direct line from Larry Brown and Harry Crews to C.H. Hooks.”

Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman