The Lucky Boy by Caroline Gerardo
Seth is a young boy who does not fit in anywhere. He is severely punished for the smallest of errors by his father, a neurosurgeon. Seth’s mother is a socialite who drowns her problems in pills and alcohol. The father decides he cannot deal with Seth anymore and sends him to live with his paternal Grandmother. Seth’s Grandmother is more patient than his parents were. Seth becomes friends with a family down the street and falls in love with their daughter Amy. When grandmother dies of a stroke, he returned to his emotionally distant family.
In high school, Seth discovers he has talents in swimming and selling drugs to his friends. His life spins into hell. Seth decides he needs $10,000.00 to find Amy who has moved to California. He makes friends with Jon who makes money organizing street fights between homeless men and taking bets. The two become friends and through their illegal activities, Seth saves up the money to leave on his journey to find Amy.
The disturbing results of his quest will haunt the reader. A hypnotic tale of disillusionment.
The writing style is 21st Century in beats. The scenes feel voyeuristic. Like no other coming of age story.
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(Release November 18, 2011)
Caroline Gerardo is the Author of the novels Toxic Assets, Greed, Vanity and Lust. Her flash fiction has been published in seven literary magazines in 2011. Caroline lives in California in the winter and Wyoming in the summer. She can be found on twitter as @ cgbarbeau
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