Any Summer Sunday at Nacho Mama’s Patio Cafe: Drag, Songs, Friends, Laughs, Lies, Danger & Redemption – a story set in a gay bar in Magawatta, Indiana. The whole story takes place on one summer Sunday evening; a group of friends gather each week at Nacho Mama’s patio café to catch up on news, and to listen to the drag artists sing at the bar next door. The singers are led by Miss TiaRa del Fuego.
The story is narrated by BB and on this particular night Miss Tia has announced that this will be her last performance as she has met the love of her life online and he has promised to make her a star in Tallahassee, Florida. Miss Tia’s announcement deeply worries the group of friends; while they sip drinks and eat nachos, they discuss the possible outcomes.
The narrative meanders through stories, bawdy comments, come-backs and digressions as the group navigates downstream and the evening sails towards Miss Tia’s departure. At first I wasn’t sure about the writing style, but once I got to know the characters I became fully engaged in their commentary and their worry for Miss Tia’s future.
This is a book full to the brim with a rich language about a group of friends and their concerns for each other, all set against a colourful drag setting. There is another book set in Megawatta, due out at the end of July which sounds just as entertaining, especially if you’re not afraid of one or two lewd comments and you are ready for some escapism reading.
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Boys in the Band meets La Cage in an Indiana gay bar. A joyous dance of song, drag queens, laughs, lies, friends and a touch of tawdry, grabs you, shakes…stirs, then sets you down with a smile and a kiss. A kaleidoscope of weird jobs, loves, hopes, dreams, rage, loss, music and more. It’s a book for anyone who has ever felt different.
Every Sunday evening, TiaRa del Fuego’s Parade of Gowns drag show presents the best entertainment in our little, Indiana college town in Hoosier Daddy, the only gay bar around. Between sets, we gather for drinks and nachos at Nacho Mama’s Patio Cafe. Trading lies, jokes, adventures, celebrations and sorrows, our merry band celebrates the life of the small town gay, safe in the bosom of long-time friends.
However, one evening, TiaRa announced she had found “true” love – yet again and was leaving to be with her latest amour. Disaster loomed. We had to face the question: How far will you go to save a friend from her own desires?
Over the course of the evening, the Entrepreneur, the Lush, the Boys, the Spy, the Southern Belle, the Fixer and the Storyteller struggle to help TiaRa find joy because that is what friends do for friends.