Set in the small North Texas town of Burro in 1980–81, Pitching Tents is the unusual story of Vida Singer, eighty years of age, and Wayman Ezekial Scott, sixty-five. A rich, fast-paced, carefully constructed story of character, time, and place, this is a vital, comic, and touching novel of differing freedoms and loves as Vida and Wayman find a way to pitch a movable tent.
GAIL MOUNT was born in Ft. Worth. The family lived in Rock Crossing, Electra, and Vernon before moving to Houston when Gail was nine. He graduated from Rice University and was a teaching fellow at the University of Texas. Married and the father of two sons, he spent most of his life as a marine and energy insurance broker. Mount's work has appeared in The Texas Observer, The Texas Journal of Ideas, History, and Culture, and The Utne Review. His plays, The Offing and Vicissitudes, had successful readings in Houston theatre, and The Offing had a concert reading in New York in April 2001.
What Readers Are Saying:
"So you think Texas has all calmed down now, becoming more suburbia than wild and wooly frontier? Well, look again. The fully realized and remembered and untamed people, places, and things to be found in the pages of Pitching Tents will have you laughing out loud even as you disabuse yourself of all such stereotypes and easy assumptions. Pitching Tents is proof positive that the tall tale is alive and kicking and the frontier is far from forgotten." --George Garrett, Series Final Judge
"In his new novel, Pitching Tents, author Gail Mount gives us a perceptive look at what hippies do when they age. His read is right-on, his insights discerning. Would you believe that since the Hippie Happening all is not lost? Gail Mount does a good job with Pitching Tents in assuring us continuity of American ethic as we know and prize it. Pitching Tents is a tour-de-force in this regard." --Robert Winship, author of The Brushlanders, Every Man Also, and Fla