Caught in a riptide of haphazard underemployment, at turns violent and unpredictable, suffering under a bad economy with no family or friends to speak of, Stratton Brown longs for the chance to escape his small-town past and build a new life. He sets out for Chicago, where he meets a new and fresh hell: a nine-to-fiver in a nondescript, meaningless company, and an obsessive love affair with woman who may be a bit too attached to her abusive ex-boyfriend. Is this all America has to offer its 20-somethings? He’ll soon have to figure out that beneath the gruff labor of building a new life lies the presence of something much more true: a way past his violent childhood and a new path to the American dream.
At Dawn is a literary debut of a fresh and powerful male voice in fiction.
©2012 Jobie Hughes (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
With a writing partner, under the pen-name "Pittacus Lore," Jobie Hughes wrote "I Am Number Four," a YA science fiction adventure about the last of a race of super-beings who were hidden on earth before they were hunted down and exterminated.
#4 was a huge success, and made into a Hollywood movie.
The protagonist of At Dawn is Stratton Brown-- no super-man, but a real man with a plight no less daunting. Brown is trying to make a go of it, leaving a small town on the brink of oblivion in the MidWest and moving to Chicago— or rather, the razor's-edge of the city.
He's an alcoholic womanizer. He has a mindless job that turns your stomach. He's- maybe-- got a girlfriend who might want a man even more messed up than he is.
As he looks at his future, Brown is confronted-- no escape-- by a violent set of past deeds that aren't going to let him turn his head.
Powerful writing, that just doesn't let up.
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