Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing
Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing is the story of two brothers, Antonio, a gregarious gigolo, and Baldo, a dysfunctional mute who loves nature. Both work at a resort hotel, as does Lyria, betrothed to the joyous Antonio, yet drawn to the silent one. In the tangle is a murder on the beach and extrication, Mexican style.
This event threatens the future possibilities for each one of them. With Antonio in trouble and Lyria's future with him in doubt, she is forced into an alliance with two radically different women in order to realize her earlier hopes and expectations. Baldo takes solace in the company of his young charges, the baby turtles, for whom his love is paramount. And Antonio has to find some way to resurrect his ambitions and put the pieces of his life together again.
"This tale of love and practical romance in a coastal resort hotel blends tradition and ambition as they currently vie in modern Mexico. In the balance are the passions of the heart, the struggle to survive and advance in the world, and the attempts to balance desire against those values held most dear."
—Bob Spear, Publisher and Chief Reviewer, Heartland Reviews
"Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing is the story of two brothers: Antonio, a gregarious gigolo, and Baldo, a dysfunctional mute who loves nature. Both work at a resort hotel, as does Lyria, betrothed to Antonio yet drawn to silent Baldo. In the tangle is a murder on the beach and extrication, Mexican style. Exotic location, beautiful people, sex, and murder: another winning combination from The Permanent Press! But the writing is what makes this story blossom: it’s incredibly sensual and lyrical, lush and languid, like the tropics themselves. Altogether Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing is an easy, pleasing read for the mind and senses." –Sanford J. Greenburg Associates Scouting Report
"A saucy tale of a distinctive pair of brothers at a seaside resort with wild and lively escapades."
"The transitions in point of view are deft and impressive, and the characterizations are successful; Wintner (Homunculus) endows his hotel workers with telling perceptions. With Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing, Wintner succeeds in creating a roguish, self-absorbed protagonist who becomes increasingly likeable in the company of his peers and the context of his times."
—Edward Keane, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, for The Library Journal
Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing blends plenty of escapism with a dash of social consciousness. It’s a formula that has served Wintner well before in Homunculus, The Prophet Pasqual and other novels set in exotic vacation locales; here again he provides sex, lush description of beautiful places and a peek into the machinery that makes such places work.
Author’s note: the reviews, comments, promo et al ad nauseum on most books is a direct function of the academic/literary complex: bullshit and worse. Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing is my favorite fictional outing of all my tries at this form–maybe because it’s simply the most fun.