THE FRENCH HOUSE
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402293313
- ISBN-13: 978-1402293313
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Don’s first novel, HOT WATER (Soho, 1991), is a comedy about a “rod and gun” marriage. Gar, the husband, wants to leave his job as a Coca-Cola bottling manager and become a pro bass fisherman. His mind is filled with the ways and wiles of the small-mouth bass. His wife, the formidable Virginia Roy, is bored with her life and filled with unformed ambition, thwarted by their provincial Southern life. A die-hard conservative, she turns to paintball, learns to love camouflage, and she decides her destiny is to be a mercenary. The genial put-upon Gar and the proto-Sarah Palin Virgina Roy are also a great love story, united above all by their devotion to each other–even if she does shoot him once in awhile (with a paintball gun).
Don has also written for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Fast Company, Kirkus Reviews and many other publications. Along the way he has won awards such as the James Michener Copernicus Prize for a novel; the Pluma de Plata Mexicana for reporting about Mexico; and Author of the Year at Naval History Magazine. He attended the MacDowell Colony.
Don serialized a novel of the American Revolution for 3 years in Naval History Magazine: THE LOG OF MATTHEW ROVING (US Naval Institute Press), winning him Author of the Year honors in 2002.
Don is a featured subject in and contributor to WE WANTED TO BE WRITERS: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (Skyhorse, August 2011).
Don was the writer of a documentary about Hawaiian music, aired by PBS Hawaii, the Pacific Rim Film Festival in Santa Cruz and the Honolulu International Film Festival. THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae, aired on July 28, 2011.
Don has worked, among others, as Executive editor at Time Inc and at The New York Times Magazine Group; as senior editor at Conde Nast and at Hearst; he has founded and created magazines, including Traveler’s Advantage and Golf Digest Woman. He has experience in all types of publications, including business, sports, women’s, travel, literary/general, environmental. He is a specialist in start-ups and custom publishing.
BLOGS: don-wallace.com; donwallacefranceblog.tumblr.com; A Salty Blog, at www.asaltydog.blogspot.com.
On the topic of “What It Means to Be a Writer Today” on wewantedtobewriters.com
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