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Author tells tales of small town days gone by; Marshall McGaw revisits the local legends of Mount Pleasant, Tenn.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Growing up in Mount Pleasant, Marshall McGaw often heard tales of the hilarious exploits of several legendary residents who grew up in and around the town. He relives these stories – while painting a charming picture of Mount Pleasant – in his new book, Tales from the Backwards Z (published by AuthorHouse).

“This book preserves in history the exploits of several unique characters,” says McGaw. “What a shame it would have been if these acts were lost in time and what a shame if everyone in America doesn’t get to read about the hilarious things they did. You don’t have to be from Mount Pleasant to enjoy the book. Readers will envision characters from days gone by in their own home towns.”

Filled with colorful vignettes, Tales from the Backwards Z offers short, insightful stories of character after character of Mount Pleasant’s homegrown folk.

Whether it is Officer Manley Workman hooking a wrecker to Fatty Isabel to haul him to jail after he refused to go, or Tooterbill Odom causing a massive explosion in a slag pit at his place of employment to give the townsfolk a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display, these stories will keep you laughing out loud.

“These stories are unique. Unless the reader grew up in the Mount Pleasant area, these are stories that they will be hearing for the first time,” says McGaw. “Readers will have a sense of awe that characters like this truly exist.”

Marshall McGaw grew up in Mount Pleasant, earned a B.S. in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University and an MBA from the University of West Florida. He currently resides in Pensacola, Fla. with his wife of 30 years. This is his debut novel. Learn more at

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