After being laid off from his executive job with a California high-tech company, a man and his wife decided to leave the “rat-race” and move to a tropical island on the coast of North Carolina. The culture of the island and its people are completely different from this cosmopolitan couple, who struggle to adapt to the island’s Southern, down-home, Redneck residents.

From food to local traditions, the author documents his humorous journey, in a classical tale of a “clash of cultures.” What could possibly go wrong when urban Yankee meets rural Redneck?

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Redneck Riviera

“First, the islander’s boat will always be larger than his domicile. If he lives in an apartment or rental, the island Redneck sees no problem with having a boat that is worth more than the roof over his head. If he lives in a trailer, the boat typically will be longer, taller and frequently wider, usually by a foot in all dimensions.  His trailer can be held together with duct tape. The boat will be immaculate. On the island, a man is not judged by where or in what he lives or by the women he dates. But his boat, however, will speak to his depth of character.

Second, Redneck vessels are generally marked in some way with the sacred Southern insignia of the Stars ‘n’ Bars. This can be either a flag proudly waving to identify the owner as a native son of the South, a decal, generally at least two feet square posted somewhere on the boat, or the name of the boat itself. A Redneck boat will never fly the Ensign. It can, and generally will, fly every other form of pennant, from NASCAR number flags to Budweiser banners, but it will never fly the Ensign. Too much like the Yankee flag.”

Review by Anthony Avina

This was such a compelling and thoughtful narrative. The author does a great job of balancing what feels like their own personal experiences with hilarious and engaging scenarios unique to the island they find themselves on. The fast pace of the narrative and the relatability of the character’s arcs in this story felt like a great way of drawing the reader in. 

Redneck Riviera