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Drifting

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Author: Lisa R. Nelson
ISBN: 978-0984914609
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
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Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Hinton is leaving home - but not because she wants to. Bags piled high in the rear of their car, she and her father, Darryl, abruptly leave their apartment in Richmond, Virginia heading for Raleigh, North Carolina. Jasmine has left her friend, Rachel, the school she loves, and everything familiar behind. Jasmine doesn’t understand the sudden move, and her father will only say that it’s best for them to move on.

But why?

A series of confusing events and strange behavior by her father leads Jasmine to question what’s really going on. Is her father in trouble? She starts to ask questions, but they never seem to be answered, leaving Jasmine baffled and even hurt. Father and daughter have gone from a pleasant suburban existence to living a strangely isolated life in a dilapidated residential hotel. Disobeying her father’s inexplicable rule that she spend all her days in their hotel room while he searches for work, a bored and lonely Jasmine becomes friends with the daughter of the hotel’s owner, 19-year-old Felicia. Jasmine and Felicia find they have something in common - both their mothers are dead, both of them are only children, both of them are drifting, Son they discover they have even more in common – a plethora of secrets, lies, and betrayals.

Drifting is an uncommon coming–of–age story about a young girl and her journey to uncover the truth about her life.

Praise for Lisa R. Nelson’s short stories:

Lisa R. Nelson’s exceptional story “From Where They Sit” details absent and chemically dependent fathers with shrewd aplomb. Nelson’s panoramic domestic drama leaves readers hungry for more of her character’s haunting story of familial loss long after the final page. Nelson again takes the prize on culling original material out of familiar scenes with the unexpected middle-class slumming tale of “Thirteen”. These dark, familiar story elements are sure to resonate.

—L.Michael Gipson, Lambda Literary Review

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