The Big Tow: An Unlikely Romance by Ann McMan


A burned-out attorney and a moon-lighting third-grade teacher find love and misadventure when they join forces to recover assets from delinquent borrowers.


Available everywhere on October 13, 2020

Welcome to the National Recovery Bureau, where your assets are as sacred as God’s holy word.

Vera “Nick” Nicholson is an overtaxed and underpaid attorney wasting away on the bottom rung of the gilded ladder at Turner, Witherspoon, Anders, and Tyler in Winston-Salem, NC. When a high-priced luxury car belonging to one of the firm’s top clients goes missing, Nick gets saddled with the unenviable job of recovering the vehicle—and its mysterious contents—without involving the cops. Enter Fast Eddie and his quirky band of misfits at The National Recovery Bureau, a repo agency located in a sleepy town called K-Vegas.

When Nick is unceremoniously furloughed from TWAT, she throws caution to the wind and signs on to become the newest agent of the NRB, teaming up with moonlighting third-grade schoolteacher, Frances “Frankie” Stohler. Frankie’s mortician father and beautician mother are stalwarts of the Winston-Salem community—so it’s no surprise that everyone across three counties has some connection to her family. What is surprising, however, is the Slim Jim Frankie carries in her purse and her preternatural talent for jacking cars.

Nick and Frankie’s stumbling entrée into the surreal world of asset recovery takes them on a hilarious, fast-paced, and mind-bending journey across the back roads and byways of the Tar Heel state, setting into motion a chain of misadventures that lead them both toward financial independence, cataclysmic legal jeopardy, and the discovery that true love can sometimes lurk in the most unlikely places.

The Big Tow: An Unlikely Romance will be available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook (from Audible).

“Repo romance might not be a genre, but two-time Lambda Literary Award–winner McMan makes a case that it should be with this delicious and hilarious fever-dream of a novel.” —Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)

“Good girls. Bad guys. And a chain-smoking church lady with a plan. Eat, drink, and laugh your way through this one. With Ann McMan as your guide, you won’t go wrong.“ PENNY MICKELBURY, international award-winning author and playwright

“A relentlessly funny antidote to everything—ennui, apathy, and even precarious relationships! The peculiar, vast, and barely-constrained intelligence of this author plows through every page like a runaway train.” ABIGAIL PADGETT, Agatha Award-winning author of Child of Silence

“Prepare to be swept away by The Big Tow, a raucous, romping, and high-octane queer Southern romantic comedy that is fueled by big boats, fast cars, and plenty of good food. Ann McMan strikes again!” —LEONA BEASLEY, author of Lambda Literary finalist, Something Better Than Home

“I couldn’t help myself from laughing aloud as I read, and the humor is intelligent. I never knew what to expect from page-to-page, and I was kept reading, finishing the book in almost a single session. The characters are wonderfully drawn. I really love that you never know what is in a book until you experience it—and I do not use the word “experience” lightly. The Big Tow is so much more than a read, it is a total experience. —AMOS LASSEN, Amos Lassen Reviews

ANN McMAN is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of ten novels and two short story collections. She is a three-time Independent Publisher (IPPY) medalist, a nine-time recipient of Golden Crown Literary Society Awards, and a laureate of the Alice B. Foundation for her outstanding body of work. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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