IS JEFFERS AN ALLIGATOR ZOO-PARK MAGICIAN OR THE MESSIAH?
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.
"As we do yearly, we fill up a beach bag with essential books from the South, by the South, and about the South".
–Kyle Tibbs Jones, "2019 Summer Reading Roundup", The Bitter Southerner
"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.”