This novel is a New Adult or YA/Adult crossover with some coarse language appropriate to characters Maggie encounters when she runs away. The story is told in two voices, Maggie's and her mother Peg's:
The plan is in place. By the time they realize she won't be back, Maggie will be in another state, in a new life. Peg thinks things are getting better. She lets Maggie go camping with a friend for the three-day weekend.
When Peg realizes Maggie is not coming back - and why - the only clue to her whereabouts is the missing journal Peg wrote when she ran away as a teen and ended up in Harrisburg. But by then, Maggie's been in the wrong place at the wrong time and warned to move on. . .
Sheri McGuinn is an award-winning writer and self-publisher. Some writing successes include the inclusion of "Maria Angelica's Baby" in Best Stories From the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2016 and her screenplay for Running Away resulting in a film shown in Europe and on Lifetime. Visit www.sherimcguinn.com for more information.
The novel is a New Adult or YA/Adult crossover with some coarse language appropriate to characters Maggie encounters when she runs away. The story is told in two voices, Maggie's and her mother Peg's, to demonstrate the breakdown in their communication:
Thursday, May 25, 2000: Maggie plans to run away; Peg thinks things are getting better.
Friday, May 26, 2000: Maggie leaves; Peg thinks she's going camping with a friend and will be home Monday.
Saturday and Sunday: Maggie enters a new life in another state, in dicey circumstances and reads a journal Peg wrote when she also ran away as a teen; Peg deals with other issues at home - problems with her new marriage and issues with Lizzie, Maggie's younger sister.
Remaining chapters: By the time Peg realizes Maggie is not coming home - and why - Maggie is in danger far away. The tension mounts as Peg and Lizzie go looking for her themselves, Peg's missing journal their only clue.
Resources: Hotline and website links are provided.
Preview: Beginning of Peg's Story: Detours (the mom's story) is included.