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People who live in small ponds shouldn't make waves

People who live in small ponds shouldn't make waves [Kindle Edition]

Beatrice Vargas , Sallie Whistler Marcucci

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San Gabriel is a charming Mexican town with a large English-speaking population.

Meet some members of the community:

¡Ándale! San Gabriel newspaper masthead
Ellie, frazzled editor
Magda, assistant editor, actress, danseuse
Wilbur, intern, an innocent abroad
Wanda, copy editor and strict disciplinarian (!)
Clarissa, pneumatic receptionist

Ladies of San Gabriel
Mabel Whipple, lady who worries
Hermione Crisp, lady who vanishes
Kirsty Vine, lady who lunches
Marge, lady who runs the film office
Barbie, lady with a little dog

Men about Town
Alistair Harrington, dashing Englishman
The Tomcat, dashing Mexican
Storm Leavington and Dander Parsons, smooth restaurant operators
Lucas Palmer, very important actor (visiting)
Alfredo Quintana, handsome detective (soft-boiled)

San Gabriel Community Center Board of Directors
Bart Stokes, President
Thaddeus Boomer, self-appointed President in Waiting
Agnes Peabody, the San Gab Players
Bonbon O’Rourke, the Sneak-a-Peek house tour
Dolores Espinosa, the purse strings

San Gab Movers and Shakers
Bill and Nancy, social
Clem and Myrtle, venerable
Rib and Carrie, charming
Greg and Jaime, artsy
Flo and Bing, rich

From one edition of the paper to the next, the story covers a bumpy week of comings, goings and mysterious disappearances among the town’s locals and expatriates. Culture shock, complicated sex lives and strange transformations, with something very nasty simmering beneath the surface. In a small pond like this, it’s a fish-eat-fish world.

Full-length 85,000 word novel. If you liked Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this will make you laugh more, off-genre, very funny, assuming you take it black, and DRM free.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y9UB1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,082,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I've lived in Rome, London, San Miguel de Allende and Xalapa. I still live in Mexico, in the woods of Veracruz. I used to be an editorial designer--books, magazines, newspapers--a ghostwriter (including La Cucina Veneziana which you can still get on Amazon) and a journalist. In San Miguel I edited the local English language newspaper, those were interesting times. I use the drawing of Ellie here for fun, but it isn't an autobiographical novel. Some things in it happened, not all of them to me, but most only happened in my imagination, fortunately.

I was Trisha Vargas in those days but I changed my name for fiction because Trisha looks too YA and my writing is decidedly A. Plus I like the name Bea. My house is called La Abeja, bee in Spanish. I don't have any bees yet but I hope to. I, of course, shall be their queen...

I'm into off-genre writing that can't be fitted into a single box. This one is murder / romance / BDSM / LGBT / satire / and fun in the Mexican sun.

The one I'm writing now is cli-fi / erotic / shapeshifting and food. No recipes, for the sex, food or how to shapeshift, but it's interesting...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Anglo-American expats in Mexico 20 July 2012
By Bettie Gage Lippitt - Published on
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Having been an expat most of my life, although in another place at another time, I felt that I knew almost every one of the charcters in Beatrice Vargas's funny and sophisticated book. Vargas's grasp on the Enlish language, her sense of observation and her humour make this book a wonderful read... until the very last chapter when you will fall out of your chair! A small note: there are so many people in this story that I found it useful to write a small list as they appeared onstage.
4.0 out of 5 stars People who live in small ponds 12 July 2012
By S. Marcucci - Published on
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I am normaly a spot reader, but this book is so packed with witty phrases you have to be careful about missing something.The characters are well descibed and even soul searching at times. A good read.
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