John Jeter, Oprah guest and author of The Plunder Room, releases Taxi Dance

Top Quote Newspaperman turned concert promoter, John Jeter has traveled to Vietnam, Cuba, South Africa, Central America and throughout the United States. As a teenager he lived in Europe. Jeter has appeared on the Oprah show. In January he released his second novel, Taxi Dance. End Quote
  • Kansas City, MO-KS (1888PressRelease) March 02, 2012 - Newspaperman turned concert promoter and twice-published author, John Jeter has traveled to Vietnam, Cuba, South Africa, Central America and throughout the United States. As a teenager he lived in Europe.

    Jeter has appeared on the Oprah show. He earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, New York, and currently resides in South Carolina.


    A young and ambitious Peter Walker moves to Chicago with high hopes and even bigger dreams. A self-described "word merchant," he sees himself as an artiste, convinced with all the power of youth and inexperience that he has the drive, skills and passion to survive and thrive in a big, strange, new city and make something of himself.

    But soon, a strange and complicated malady eats away parts of his leg bones, rendering him in chronic and agonizing pain. He walks with a conspicuous gait and refuses to recognize the suffering that's also gnawing away at his psyche, spinning his moral compass into unwitting despair, frustration and anger.

    Working as an "information-gatherer" for a large Chicago company, Peter knows only the strength and goodness of language, but he longs for the unspoken supremacy of love and salvation.

    As the pain contributes more and more to his emotional and spiritual downfall, he spirals into a primal abyss. He begins to turn increasingly to stolen and borrowed sex, long nights of heavy drinking and flights of contemplation and reflection for relief and escape.

    Along the way, he also enlists sympathetic friends, primarily his colleagues Owen and Curtin, who in their own ways try to help him cope. Nobody, least of all Peter Walker, understands his predicament and how he has let it consume his life and his soul.

    Finally, he believes that he can escape the destruction inside him, so he leaves Chicago, ultimately finding redemption through tears, apologies and a hopeful shot at healing.

    Create Space
    January 30, 2012
    ISBN/EAN13: 1470021811 / 9781470021818
    Page Count: 262

    A timely Southern allegory that taps into the national zeitgeist, THE PLUNDER ROOM follows four generations of a quirky family into the heart of American honor - or what's left of it. Randol Duncan, a slacker blueblood paraplegic, no sooner buries his war-hero grandfather than he realizes he must salvage that proud legacy ... before a lurid scandal may destroy them all. Faced with the mandate his colorful grandfather had left him - along with a key to the Plunder Room, upstairs in the family's antebellum home - Randol, the sometimes snarky, sometimes poignant, some-time music critic, soon discovers just how far off the cliff the family had fallen from the Greatest Generation to Generation X ... the secret that lies in THE PLUNDER ROOM.

    The Nice Things They're Saying:
    "The past is not dead; it's not even past," William Faulkner tells us, and such is the case in John Jeter's impressive debut, where both past and present make their demands on one man's life. - Ron Rash, author of Serena With the Duncans, John Jeter debuts a tangled and heartstrung family of Southern soldiers, ill-equipped to carry their legacy of honor above all else much past the front porch of the family estate. From the point of view of Randol's wheelchair, it's awfully funny to watch them try. Sardonic and sly, embroidered with all the pageantry of the grand old South and the neon of the new, The Plunder Room is a swaggering tour through what it means to be a Southern man in this day and age. - Ashley Warlick, Houghton Mifflin Literary Award winner, author of Seek the Living, The Summer After June and The Distance from the Heart of Things John Jeter reels us in with his needle-sharp wit and his jump-off-the-page characters one of the most satisfying Southern yarns I've read in years. - Karin Gillespie, co-author, The Sweet Potato Queens 1st Big-Ass Novel, and Dollar Daze John Jeter combines family, fighting, history and honor in a story of four generations of a Southern family, told with both humor and deep-South detail. You'll enjoy the visit. - Cathy Pickens, author of Hush My Mouth.

    Thomas Dunne Books
    January 20, 2009
    ISBN-10: 0312380658
    ASIN: B003P2VCKW
    Hardcover: 304 Pages

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