When Eddie Love took a 23andMe DNA test, he thought the results would tell him whether he had Irish or French or German roots. What he didn't realize is that he'd find out that the man who he thought was his father was not his father. Thus began a multi-year caper to find out not only who Eddie's real father was, but what happened (besides, you know, the obvious).
Eventually, Eddie lassoed his friend Christina into helping him solve his mystery and document their journey. Their adventure took them deep into Orange, Texas, where elderly residents eventually came clean with secrets they'd been keeping for decades.
Told through narrative, emails and interviews, "The Saint, The Sinner(s) and Eddie" is a quirky, true story about family, lies and friendships (plus a handful of dogs, countless bowls of gumbo, one pawnshop wedding and more half siblings than you can count).
Some of the people, places and things mentioned in the book.
Edwin and Rachel vacationing in Havana, Cuba about a year before Eddie was born.
Edwin (Mr. Orange) in his orange KOGT radio van.
Lovell kids; Glenna, Mickey, Eddie, and Tully
Eddie says, "Mary was always good to me. Loved her dearly."
Uncle Hugh (formerly referred to as Alcatraz Inmate 444) next to his baby blue '57 Chevy.
Rachel on a rare trip home from the hospital.
Here's Christina petting a dog she met while on vacation. She (Christina, not the dog) and Eddie are still very good friends and she's hoping she gets to play herself in the movie version of their book.
Cliff Birch does, in fact, pose this way all the time.
Eddie and Cliff at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 2016.
April Fools' Day at the pawn shop.
These dogs are not allowed on the couch.
Sally (the dog) and her namesake Sally (The Flying Nun).
Eddie with granddaughter London, his new partner in silliness.
Edwin's mother Nanny lived 96 years. She was 100% German, a devout Lutheran, and a great cook.
Eddie's attempt at replicating Nanny's banana cake. Looks? Not even close. Taste? Not too bad.
Eddie's fresh baked bread. All dressed up and ready to go.