Birthday Pie: A Novel

"Birthday Pie is one of the most original, relevant and touching stories I have ever read. The language of Arthur Wooten puts you in the room with these incredible characters that make you laugh out loud and make you cry. The story is so compelling you will find it a quick read because you won't want to put it down until you get to the end." – Debbie Allen


"Wooten's southern family of the Martindales can sit on a family heirloom mantle along side some of the greats (Glass Menagerie's Wingfields, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof's Pollitts or the Wingos from The Prince of Tides) yet still maintain a uniqueness of the author's voice that vividly allows us to 'know' these people." – Gregory G. Allen, Author and Artistic Director, Westminster Arts Center
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When Lex Martindale, a New York City writer, goes home to celebrate his birthday and say good-bye to his dying father, he struggles with whether or not to share with his eccentric Southern family news of his own life-threatening situation.

As we travel through seventy years of the Martindales’ rich and colorful history, unearthing forbidden loves, shattered hopes and tenacious dreams, we realize that this reunion is a volatile turning point in all of their lives.

But as anger, resentments and jealousies erupt to the surface, it’s their laughter and irreverent sense of humor that prevails allowing for a quiet healing in this bittersweet, moving portrait, of the all-American family.
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"A delicious surprise! Birthday Pie is a clever, smartly written tale that once again proves how great a storyteller Arthur Wooten actually is. A tasty treat from beginning to end." – Greg Archer, The Huffington Post

“A brilliant storyteller, Arthur Wooten serves up a sweet slice of Southern life in Birthday Pie. I stayed up all night laughing and crying and falling in love with the Martindales, and hope more chapters and books will be written about these delicious characters and their secrets.” – Michelle Churchill, author of Flashes

"There are not many authors whose characters I so connect with, but Arthur Wooten is one of them. I feel their highs and lows, their laughter, their pain. Birthday Pie is an apt title because as soon as I received it I devoured it.” – Clayton Littlewood, author of DWB: Tales Of Soho

Books by Arthur Wooten

In Wise Bear William: A New Beginning, toys long forgotten in an attic discover that children are coming up to rescue them.
On Picking Fruit is a delicious tale about a gay man whose search for love runs up against bad luck, bad boys and bad advice from his irreverent mother, incorrigible best friend and unorthodox shrink.
In this freshly squeezed sequel to the critically acclaimed On Picking Fruit, Curtis Jenkins ironically pens the bestselling self-help book, 101 Ways to Collide into Your Gay Soul Mate, while still finding himself single and in the deep end of the dating pool.
A Stroke Of Luck: a short story and The "Dear Henry" Letters
In 1954 a divorced and destitute suburban housewife finds self-esteem, financial security and true love selling Tupperware.
When Lex Martindale, a New York City writer, goes home to celebrate his birthday and say good-bye to his dying father, he struggles with whether or not to share with his eccentric Southern family news of his own life-threatening situation.
Angie Styles, a beloved Broadway star, is struck down at the height of her career by a mysterious disease and is forced to reexamine her life and the people in it as she fights to survive.