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The King of Gaheena, by Squire Babcock

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Throughout the first few months after the deaths of his parents in a car wreck, Calvin Turtle, twenty-year-old heir to a Louisville playing card company, attempts to manage the family business and his father’s vast hunting preserve in Gaheena, Arkansas. He struggles to both understand and then conquer the world of good and evil, and has to take on a friend of his father who is the definition of a powerful man. Set in the seventies, The King of Gaheena reflects the very heart of a troubled American generation.


“. . . a fascinating and complex novel . . . rich and vivid . . . lush and evocative.” —Robert Olen Butler

”. . . an absolutely original work . . . This novel is a wild ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it.” —Silas House 

”Rich in atmosphere and vibrating with suspense . . .” —Leah Stewart


Squire Babcock has worked as a ballroom dance instructor, farm hand, weigh-man in a cotton gin, hunting guide, pool table repair mechanic, small business owner, carpenter, freelance journalist, and blues drummer. His call to writing and teaching found wings when, at the age of thirty, he sold his Nashville pool table business and registered as a freshman English major at the University of Massachusetts. After graduating with his BA, he taught English at a Massachusetts boarding school for three years before returning to the University of Massachusetts for his MFA. He is currently an associate professor of English at Murray State University, where he has taught English and creative writing for twenty years.