"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
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.
"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