Saving Grapes


Thirty-two-year-old Jason Barnes recently lost his job, and his heart. Now, thanks to a meddling ex-wife and a golf cart fiasco, he has just thirty days to pay a $60,000 fine or go to jail.

Jason was hoping his Aunt Clara would come to his rescue, but she unexpectedly dies, gifting her liquid assets to charity. She does, however, will Jason a picturesque French vineyard--and it's worth millions. But there's a catch! If Jason goes to jail, the vineyard will transfer to his unscrupulous stepbrother.

To raise the cash he needs, Jason travels to France with his knucklehead of a best friend to sell the vineyard. Cashing in will not be so simple, though. Formidable nuns farm the vineyard, and he needs their blessing to sell. To persuade the good sisters, Jason attempts a madcap series of dubious schemes, and while doing so falls for what he thinks is the perfect French woman. Amidst this melee of wine, women, nuns, and villains, Jason must unearth his true values in order to save more than just his soul.

Infused with J.T. Lundy's deliciously skewed sense of humor, and full of flawed but irresistible characters, Saving Grapes is a rollicking, good-hearted Wodehousian comedy that speaks to the hapless romantic in all of us.

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All rights outside of the United States available.

Marketing Information

United States national publicity campaign May, 2015. Smith Publicity.


  • "A satisfying and deeply entertaining book by a virtuoso of comic fiction." - Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell From the Sky.                                                                                         

  • "Saving Grapes comes from a rare vintage--inspired comic novels that are also full of heart: Wodehouse would be proud!" - Robin Lippincott, author of In the Meantime.


"A memorable, unexpectedly heartwarming romp." - Kirkus Reviews    

Author Biography

J.T. Lundy gave up a successful career trading futures and options to write novels and screenplays. His first novel, Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy, was a semifinalist for the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Reader's Favorite Silver Finalist for Humor, an IndieFab Bronze award winner for Thriller & Suspense, and a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist for Action & Adventure. He holds a BA degree from Indiana University, MFA from Spalding University and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: May 2015
  • English
  • 9781937110758 / 1937110753
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 15.95 USD
  • Pages: 288
  • Emerald Book Company
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5