Tallyho in the Squat, a raucous Southern comedy about life, love, and rabbit smuggling by Asa Ingram (Review)

Bill Gulledge never thought rabbit smuggling would change his life.

When Bill graduates with an English degree in the precarious 2009 economy, he returns to his South Carolina hometown where his estranged father, a wealthy redneck who owns a chain of hunting stores, gives him an ultimatum: find a job or work for him running illegal shipments of wild rabbits from a town in Kentucky to stock the family’s Beagle pen.

When the job market forces Bill to choose rabbit smuggling, he teams up with his lively good ole boy cousin, Jimbo, who just lost his job as a beer truck driver due to a heart condition. The gig seems like an easy way to make cash and chase women in Kentucky bars, but an encounter with the rabbit supplier’s off-limits daughter, Rye Cotton, complicates Bill’s new journey.

Their romance–forbidden by their fathers–and Jimbo’s propensity for finding trouble lead Bill, Jimbo, and Rye on a series of backwoods adventures: from late-night sasquatch hunting to wardrobe malfunctions at a local waterpark to a bar fight involving a donkey.

Through their misadventures, his growing love for Rye, and Jimbo’s drunken yet oddly spot-on guidance, Bill finds that what he’s always wanted in life is much simpler than he thought—if he can get his stubborn father to agree.

Asa Ingram

Asa Ingram was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, and his hometown served as an inspiration for many of the stories in his novel, Tallyho in the Squat. He graduated from Clemson University. Asa has spent almost his entire life in South Carolina, mostly in the Upstate. He currently resides in the Charleston area where he spends more time than he should on bar patios with the locals.

Asa has an affinity for bourbon, cigars, barbecue, and college football–staples in every Southern man’s life. He grew up raising Beagles with his father and, at one point, illegally smuggled rabbits from Kentucky to South Carolina just like Bill and Jimbo. On fall Saturdays, he can be found at all-day marathon tailgates before watching his Tigers play.

Asa has always admired the backwoods Southern life, and the humor that comes with the territory has inspired his writing. He uses his own experiences combined with Southern oddity to craft his stories.

My opinion:

All you really have to do is read Asa Ingram’s bio and you just know that this guy is going to make you laugh – big time. Jeff Foxworthy, Lewis Grizzard, and Erma Bombeck all come to mind as I think of TALLYHO IN THE SQUAT. It is Southern humor that will leave you laughing so hard you’ll be crying and snorting. It’s like Steel Magnolias with men.

I won’t say this book wasn’t colorful – because it definitely hit that mark. But the stories are laugh-out-loud funny, and after reading TALLYHO IN THE SQUAT you’ll be dying to tell your buddies about the stories, only you’ll be laughing too hard.

Summary:  This is a three chapter review. The book is laugh out loud funny and will definitely find its way in the comedy genre. I’m giving the book four stars and a definite recommendation.


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