Set in the deep South of the 1970’s, Whereabouts is the powerful, coming of age story of Missy Belue, an independent teenager who desperately longs to flee her small, claustrophobic hometown following the unexpected death of her father and her mother’s sudden remarriage to the local funeral director.
As Missy attempts to map a new course for her young life, her search is constantly derailed by the men she encounters: her mortician step-father with a penchant for chilly women, a much older third cousin who offers to drive her aimlessly in his dusty pickup (for a steep, perhaps tragic price), the quirky owner of an all-but-abandoned roadside motel and a pair of mismatched, AWOL Marines from Parris Island.
From cheap campgrounds to roadside bars to the cracked Formica counter of a crumbling Li’l Pancake House, Missy Belue wanders the back roads of a forgotten South, looking for a safe place to land, earning fresh scar tissue from the confusing, complicated world outside her hometown. In Whereabouts, award-winning writer Scott Gould lyrically weaves a tale of escape, of redemption and ultimately, of how love somehow survives, no matter the twisting paths it travels.
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