Bill Coleman is a native of Hamilton, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. In the past 20 years, between periods of retirement, he has worked as a writer, editor, teacher, bartender and musician. He served as managing editor of After Dark in New York City in 1977-78 and as editor-in-chief of The Underground Exchange in Seoul in 1996-97.
Mr. Coleman's previous publications include short fiction, scholarship and criticism, as well as newspaper and magazine articles. Trailer Park Hippies is his first novel. He currently teaches English at Cincinnati State College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trailer Park Hippies

    Set against a tacky backdrop of Midwestern squalor, Bill Coleman's Trailer Park Hippies is a tale of parental insanity, adolescent infidelity and the moral disintegration of the late 1960s. A 17-year-old novice head, his father deceased, his mother confined to the state mental hospital and his high schoolsweetheart halfway out of her bell-bottoms on the back seat of his'61 Chevy Bel Air, meets a freaky, 23-year-old pot dealer and ex-ecdysiast who turns out to be his cosmicsoul mate. But when Storm leaves her husband, in the burbs and moves into trailer #37 with our young hero, his life becomes cosmically complicated. He must learn to juggle not just two women (girlfriend Tonya and trailer- mate Storm), but also his mother, Mona, whenever she's home on a weekend pass.As graduation approaches, the son turns 18 and has to face some tough decisions: Should he sign the papers to release Mona into his custody, stay in the trailer, and ball the devoted Tonya between classes next year at SWOCC (Straight, Weird and Overly Conservative College)? Or should he abandon both mother and girlfriend to split on a never ending trip to California with Storm and a trunk load of dope? More importantly, can he make the right choice amid the distractions of school-skipping, drug-crazed teenagers having highly consensual mobile-home sex while Country Joe and the Fish blare at top volume from
cracked stereo speakers in the background? The answers to these questions and more are here, in "Trailer Park Hippies."

wonderful look at a past we'd all love to forget, but a past that will not go away.--James Crumley

A rich mirror image of the heart of America, the craziness, the smells, the heartless anger, frustration, poverty and godlessness that boils in the middle of this country.--Kate G. Harper, author of Water Moccasins

Sex and drugs and rock and roll: a good old-fashioned debauchery-fest,
60s style--yet, at the same time, a quasi-classical tragedy
.--Underground Exchange





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