Adams, Cathy

Cathy Adams

A Body’s Just as Dead


The American Dream ain’t what it used to be, and Pete-o Hemper has a bone to pick with these newfangled changes. When high-tech ways whack their little hometown off-kilter, the zany Hemper family struggles to adjust. Fueled by a gluttonous diet of talk radio, wacky Uncle Pete-o strikes back at the forces he believes are betraying the land that he loves. A crazy congealed salad of bizarre adventures, stinging wit and gritty realism, this fresh portrait of American stubbornness has all the ingredients of a stirring page-turner. You’ll relish this folksy menagerie of real and relatable characters in their endearing calamity of modern life run amok.

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Pete-O and his menagerie of dysfunctional relatives will have you laughing, shaking your head, and seriously pondering many of the “what’s wrong with the world today” issues. What’s not to love about a main character with a disillusioned view of America, a “not right” brother, and a mail order bride from China.

Tonya (and Jonathan) Calvert


A Body’s Just as Dead is hilarious and wrenching, a portrait of a family’s mistaken pride in its own self-deception. You read it in bursts of laughter, followed by sustained sympathy for characters striving to maintain their dignity in a world they don’t understand or control.”

– Kent Meyers, Author of Twisted Tree and The Work of Wolves


In “A Body’s Just As Dead” Cathy Adams unearths a family of not-so-brightly-colored mercenaries and missionaries from the river banks of Alabama, and uncomfortably folds them into a wrinkle of time. 

– Keith Jackson