New Edgy and Provocative Young Adult Novel Arrives in Time for Christmas: An Alabama Story by Daniel Hammarberg

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An Alabama Story just might be the most politically incorrect fiction novel to date, a no-holds-barred exploration of the life of a non-conformist family of five living in Birmingham, Alabama.

Compared to the run-of-the-mill literature, this is like a compilation of UFC knockouts, holding nothing back and leaving no one disappointed.

Though stretching the limits of political correctness has been explored to some degree in other forms of art such as music and film, not much has been done yet in the way of literature. This December saw the release of An Alabama Story by author Daniel Hammarberg, a novel that sets out to do just that while telling the entertaining story of the Hix family.

An Alabama Story has been for sale on Amazon since December 5 and will soon be carried by select book retailers as well. The novel is available in print, priced at $14.99, as well as in Kindle format, priced at $2.99. Swedish-born Daniel Hammarberg, who has written non-fiction books in the past, regularly covers news for online magazines and writes debate articles about political and social issues. But this last year he's taken a break from his usual work to instead write this groundbreaking fiction novel. Though at first it was nothing more than a passing mental image of a family living in a trailer, this image has over time blossomed into a vivid novel spanning some 130,000 words, with the author having done meticulous research into city life in the area in the process. The story is not one of conventional people living everyday lives, however. As the author introduces the book in the first chapter:

     "What you'll read here is the story of Billy Bob and his family. His is not an ordinary family, the kind that gets up in the morning to go to work or school. The kind that pays their taxes and who lead respectable lives. No, no - his is the kind of people who do whatever the hell they want at whatever the hell the time they want. And if anyone has a problem with that, there just might be a 2x4 beating in store for him or her in the very near future."

This sets the tone for a novel that reeks with in-your-face attitude and content that's simply not possible to quote in a public press release. But to mention some of them, family anecdotes retold in the book include the following:

  • The time the Hix burglarized a mansion as a family and brought home a hundred grand's worth of loot
  • The time Billy Bob and one of his sons chased all the black clients out of the Birmingham welfare office
  • How Billy Bob managed to prevent his lesbian daughter from marrying a 50-year-old woman
  • The story of when Billy Bob ran for mayor of Birmingham
  • How two of the family members became local heroes in the pro-wrestling circus

When interviewed about what audience he had in mind for the book, author Hammarberg had this to say: “This is no dorky teenage-girl-dreams-of-vampires story a la Stephenie Meyer. Rather, this is black comedy that strikes at the heart of politically correct dogma, and any reader is sure to feel he's been taken on a roller coaster ride after having finished this one-of-a-kind book. Compared to the run-of-the-mill literature, this is like a compilation of UFC knockouts, holding nothing back and leaving no one disappointed.”

Already, An Alabama Story has started finding its audience. “The novel made me laugh pretty hard,” one Sergeant Chris out of Texas commented after reading it. And an Oklahoma City resident who prefers to remain anonymous had this to say: “Ok if someone makes fun of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson... But Rosa Parks?? I had never read something so shocking! Yet I kept on reading it until the end."

For more information about An Alabama Story, see the website, the introduction excerpt at Amazon, the Facebook group or follow the Twitter account.

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