In life, multi-millionaire Everett Eastman was a ruthless industrialist, a bad husband, and an absentee father. In death, he becomes really aggravating. In a farewell gesture to his three scattered offspring, he bequeaths each one of them a tarnished jewel from his declining empire.The slothful and duplicitous Ben receives the thriving auto parts plant that he already overIn life, multi-millionaire Everett Eastman was a ruthless industrialist, a bad husband, and an absentee father. In death, he becomes really aggravating. In a farewell gesture to his three scattered offspring, he bequeaths each one of them a tarnished jewel from his declining empire.The slothful and duplicitous Ben receives the thriving auto parts plant that he already oversees. He immediately sets his sights on acquiring all three companies. Reality-challenged Ethan gains ownership of a failing distillery. Their sister, the independent Kick, reluctantly assumes the reins of Great North, a small publishing company and sometime music producer.The trio learn from the will's executor—former NHL-er turned farmer Will Montgomery—that the departing Everett has seen fit to challenge them with a series of codicils. Ben is required to fulfill a major parts contract while Ethan has to get the whisky plant back in the black. And Kick—a chronically impoverished documentary film-maker with a project on the go in Wyoming—is dismayed to learn that she is required to produce a “back tax” album with a fading country music star. The singer, Jonah Peck, proves to be every bit as cantankerous and difficult as Everett Eastman himself. Which means that Kick is out of the frying pan.And into the fire....
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Big Man Coming Down the Road Reviews
Big Man Coming Down the RoadBrad SmithPenguin Canada, 2007, 357 pps.ISBN No. 978-0-14-305177-0Crooked Pear Farm is where Everett Eastman died. He died shooting at snapping turtles that were disturbing his ducks. Everett was a multi-millionaire and had three children, none by the same mother. But Everett was running out of steam and spent his days watching the turtles and the ducks and having a few drinks.Everett’s children Ben, Ethan and Kick were amazed at the reading of the will. Will Montgomery a neighboring farmer was named executor. Ben receives the thriving auto parts company that he oversees. Ethan is given ownership of a failing distillery. Kick, the independent sister, is given Great North, a small publishing company and sometimes music producer.The will contains challenges that must be fulfilled before the children can really be in charge of the companies. Ben decides right away that he will somehow get control of all three companies. He proceeds to undermine his brother and his sister but Ben is also a playboy and it is a toss-up if he can come out on top.Ethan is a dreamer but has a girl friend that is very intelligent and ready to step up and help Ethan take control of the distillery and make it grow.Kick is only interested in making documentary films but since she is broke she is determined to make a go of the company she was been given. The big hang-up with that is that her father has made an agreement with a fading county western singer who is in debt up to his cowboy hat in delinquent income taxes. The agreement states that Jonah Peck, the singer, must make this record. Kick takes off for Nashville to make it happen and that isn’t going to be the easiest thing to do.Johanna is the housekeeper that has helped raise the three children and take care of Everett. The will also gives Johanna the use of the farm for as long as she wants and funds to keep it running. Ben decides the farm should be his as well. He tries to talk Johanna into leaving the farm. I loved the book and all the characters. I enjoyed Brad Smith’s previous books and this one is even better. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a real page turner.
A neglective crochity father gives away all his millions and leaves his kids each a failing company with a stipulation that they have 1 year to make them solvent upon his death, otherwise the companies are sold off and proceeds go to charity. Ethan (youngest son who like to speak in Bob Dylan lyric quotations) gets a brewery, Kick (his documentary producing daughter) gets a record company, and Ben gets a car plant that he has been "managing" for 10 years.This is the first time I've read Brad Smith (A Canadian by the way) and it was a enjoyable book, not too heavy not too light, not life changing but a passable time reading a book. Quirky characters, some funny dialogue, a neat and tidy ending that Smith makes fun of thru observation of one of the characters.
Kick Eastman is a documentary film maker trying to get an interview with a Wyoming farmer battling big business. When she gets word that her millionaire father has died she assumes she'll receive enough money to finish her filming. But Everett Eastman was a cold, eccentric man, who gave away all his money before he died, leaving only three businesses to be divided among his offspring. Kick's brother Ben plots to squeeze everything he can from the estate, while brother Ethan sows marijuana seeds behind the barn and speaks only in Bob Dylan lyrics. A funny, entertaining read.
I enjoy Brad Smith's writing; his characters are interesting (although in this case the bad guy was just too much of a straight up asshole... I found it hard to imagine somebody being SUCH a jerk) and his prose is competent. But the story overall just didn't do it for me, and the ending was a little predictable.
Puts the fun in dysfunctionalFamily drama. This blended family had been separated for years until the dad dies. His will brought the kids back together. Each was assigned a task to.complete with a business he had willed them. Johanna the housekeeper, Will the neighbors, and Raney the lawyer help Kick and Ethan after Ben the keniever plots to take away their shares.
I guess there was a Chekhov's gun, of sorts. Anyway, a fun read. Three siblings inherit businesses from their father, but they have to meet certain conditions if they are to keep them. One brother is crooked , the other nice but a bit spaced, so it falls on the plucky sister to fix things.
Fine prose and a decent plot but unlikable characters made this a so so read for me.Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Love this guy's writing. Complete characters & a fast read.
I like Brad Smith's sensibility. See my review of Busted Flush.