Brook’s novel is full of rich characters who each have their own story to tell but are connected in some way by drugs. Already having been widowed for 10 years, Trudy is devastated when her second husband, Ike, is killed in a drug-related drive-by shooting in Albuquerque. To get over her grief, she works as a caretaker, and wanting to make things better in her neighborhood, becomes a block captain. In the process of working with local police, Trudy meets a woman whose granddaughter, Justina, has run to New York with a gang leader.
Chayse’s life has been devastated by drugs as well. She is in fact a former neighbor of Trudy’s, both of them having lived at one time in the Catskills. In a two-week period, Chayse lost her father to a heart attack, causing her mother to sink deeper into alcoholism, and her older sister died in a cocaine-induced plane crash. Fleeing to New York for a fresh start, Chayse meets Bryan, but he is soon experimenting with cocaine, and Chayse is left to fend for herself.
As Brook’s story progresses, it’s clear that she wants readers to understand that drugs always have a debilitating, harmful effect on people’s lives but that the problems they create are not insurmountable. Readers will be pulling for Chayse, Trudy, and the men they come to love as they work to free themselves from the detritus of drug use and begin anew.
About the Author
Lindsey Brook graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in English-History and Creative Writing. She served as Society Editor and reporter for a New Mexico newspaper and was a health care worker for 18 years in New York and New Mexico while attending nursing schools. Brook lives and writes on her grandfather’s Catskill Mountain estate.
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