IF YOU THINK THE NEWS IS CRAZY . . .
Grand Tally, the worldʼs foremost mapmaker, deliberately issues a U.S. road atlas minus the State of Montana. This move unleashes a national drama that alternates between Moosehead, Montana and New York City and ends—literally—in an explosion. The slapstick action brings together the Montana militia, the FBI, journalists, New York celebrities and a charismatic Christian cult headed west to meet the Rapture.
We made a mock documentary, “Montana is Missing!”
WHAT INSPIRED GRAND TALLY
Grand Tally was inspired by a story told to me by a writer for People magazine. According to this writer, a major U.S. mapmaker issued a road atlas minus one of the western states. As I pondered how such a gaff could have happened, I realized that since the bottom line is everything in today’s business, a firm run by accountants could care less about quality. If the accountants specified that the atlas was to have 120 pages, and the proofs returned with 122, two pages would have to be cut. Thus was Grand Tally born.
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“Robert Wolf has created a strange and wonderful world, all his own, and peopled it with characters and events that seem not only plausible but real. Wildly creative and written with great style and an enviable satirical touch, this one delights on many levels.” — Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
ROBERT WOLF’S BOOK COMBINES SATIRE, SLAPSTICK IN A WILD RIDE October 06, 2013 2:00 pm • By Melody Parker, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
DECORAH | In his satirical and slapstick new book, “Grand Tally: A True Account of the Recent Happenings in Moosehead, Montana and New York City,” author Robert Wolf imagines the chaos unleashed when a U.S. mapmaker publishes an atlas missing one of the Western states.
“Many years ago a People magazine writer told me about something like that happening, and I filed it away in the back of my mind. I decided it could be the premise of a novel that critiques the absurd and crazy in America,” said Wolf, who lives in Decorah.
And he does just that in Grand Tally. The soft-cover novel reads at a fast clip, a wild ride populated by characters ranging from the paranoid and delusional to just plain loopy. It’s also packed with action.
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“Ever feel burnt out with fretting over the immanent collapse of Western Civ? Bob Wolf in his magnificent Grand Tally has proven that End Times are not a pathetic tragedy so much as a hilarious farce. Violence prone, bungling government bureaucracies, feverishly working at cross purposes; fundamentalist Christian cults; fully locked and loaded survivalist rednecks; and dim witted mass media personalities collide in a story as fantastic as today’s news. I could not put it down. Grand Tally should soon be made into a major motion picture, but for now is only available as a Kindle book. Order yours today!” — “Iggy” in Chicago
“Grand Tally is a fun, fast, wild ride of a read. No culture, industry, religion or utopia is safe from Wolf’s deft wit. The picture he paints of crooked businessmen, suspicious government agencies, cults, our celebrity-crazed media, and small town fanaticism brings to mind the classics of madcap American cinema. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Moosehead out there!” — Kate
“This rollicking romp opens on a far-fetched premise before quickly evolving into a series of hilarious sub-plots which more often than not make the reader laugh out loud . . . Compelling dialogue is the author’s primary literary technique in the telling of this engaging tale. I would urge readers to take a weekend and read GRAND TALLY in a compressed time frame. Putting the book down and revisiting it two weeks later might disrupt the pace of action and it would do a serious injustice to the author’s intent. You might wind up losing who is doing what where if you read this at a leisurely pace. Mania reigns here. . . Robert Wolf has always possessed great talent. He is a great storyteller. He shines in GRAND TALLY“. — R. Haynes
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