By Allyson Rice
In an attempt to secure an
unexpected inheritance—and hopefully find a few answers—two estranged
sisters and their newly discovered brother embark on a comically surreal
trip through the Deep South to retrace the life of the mother who
abandoned them as infants.
On a Tuesday afternoon, sisters Jesse
Chasen and Jennifer McMahon receive a phone call notifying them that
their birth mother has died, leaving behind a significant inheritance.
But in order to obtain it, they must follow a detailed road trip she
designed for them to get to know her—and that includes finding a brother
they never knew existed.
For the next week, this ill-assorted
trio treks across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to meet
their mother’s old friends, from circus performers to a juke joint
owner, each of whom delivers a shocking vignette into the life of a
young mother traumatized by loss and abuse. Along the way, these three
siblings—Jesse, whose fiery exterior disguises a wounded, drifting
musician stuck in a rut; Jennifer, whose carefully curated family life
is threatened by her husband’s infidelity; and Jack, whose enigmatic Jackie, Oh!
persona in the New Orleans drag queen scene helps him escape the
nightmares of Afghanistan that haunt him at night—must confront their
own demons (and at least one alligator). But in chasing the truth about
their real mother, they may all just find their second chance.
This uproarious debut novel is a
reminder that sometimes, the family you’d never have chosen may turn out
to be exactly what you need.
“This breezy, charming tale incisively shows a family’s bittersweet facets.” –Kirkus Reviews
A “feverish, entertaining novel” –Foreward Clarion Reviews
“In this rollicking family dramedy,
debut author Rice sends three lovable siblings on a zany yet touching
road trip… Rice’s sharp observations of society’s absurdity verge on the
satirical… Fans of family drama, road trips, and non-stop laughs will
love this cross-country adventure.” –BookLife
Release Date: Paperback: November 27, 2022; Kindle: January 3, 2023
Publisher: The Total Human Press
Soft Cover: 978-0982185544; 270 pages
Allyson Rice is a writer, an
award-winning mixed media artist, and a producer with Atomic Focus
Entertainment, currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, CA, and
Rehoboth Beach, DE. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University with a
Bachelor of Science in Communication. After spending many years as an
actress on stage and on television, she left acting and spent the next
decade running yoga/meditation retreats, women’s retreats, and
creativity retreats around the country. After that, she pivoted to focus
once again on her own creative work. In addition to her writing and
art, she’s also a photographer (her work was most recently chosen for an
exhibition at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC).
Some random bits of Allyson trivia: 1)
She’s been skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining through a
rainforest, and scuba diving with stingrays; 2) she has an extensive PEZ
dispenser collection; 3) she played Connor Walsh on As the World Turns
for seven years; 4) she’s been in the Oval Office at the White House
after hours; 5) she’s related to the Hatfields of the infamous
Hatfield/McCoy feud; and 6) her comedic rap music video “Fine, I’ll
Write My Own Damn Song” won numerous awards in the film festival circuit
and can now be seen on YouTube https://youtu.be/7Xe3nuVDkC4.
Also available from Allyson Rice is her line of women’s coloring books (The Color of Joy, Dancing with Life, and Wonderland), and The Creative Prosperity PlayDeck,
an inspirational card deck about unlocking and utilizing your creative
energy in the world. She’s currently at work on her second novel and her
fourth women’s coloring book. But she is most proud of being mom to
musical artist @_zanetaylor.
My e-commerce site:
Watch her comedic rap music video “Fine, I’ll
Write My Own Damn Song” which won numerous awards in the film festival circuit!