Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. Read more...
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Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he's never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.
But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble.
Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.
With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.
Even if it means he might lose her."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-02-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Prolific author Chamberlain (Kiss River) explores themes of family loyalty, grief, and healing around Travis Brown, a good man in an impossible situation. Twenty-three-year-old single dad Travis is struggling to get by with his young daughter, Bella, before a fire destroys their home and kills his mother. Now without child care, Travis finds it hard to secure work, and grows desperate. So when his neighbor suggests a business opportunity in Raleigh, N.C., Travis jumps at the chance. He takes Bella to Raleigh, where he discovers that the work he’s accepted is trafficking cocaine. Though he balks at first, Travis decides that he has little choice. He leaves Bella with Erin, a local coffee shop waitress who recently lost her own daughter, and does the job, which goes awry, leaving Travis and Bella’s lives in danger. Erin tries to take Bella to safety, but the drug dealers find them and hold them hostage until Travis can bring them a shipment of drugs that he’s already abandoned. Chamberlain’s keen grasp of regret and grief makes for a surprisingly thoughtful and compelling tale. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House. (May)