Aristotle "Aris" Thibodeau is 12 and a half years old and destined for greatness. Ever since her father's death, however, she's been stuck in the small town of Kanuga, Georgia, where she has to manage her mother Diane's floundering love life and dubious commitment to her job as an English professor, not to mention coparenting a little brother who hogs all the therapy money. Luckily Aris has a plan. Following the advice laid out in Write a Novel in Thirty Days!, she sets out to pen a best seller using her charmingly dysfunctional family as material.
Winner of a Whiting Award, author Melanie Sumner captivates listeners with her darkly humorous tale about the Peppers family. After the accidental death of her older brother, teenager Louise can’t get her life back on track. When she runs away to seek comfort from circus performers, and in alcohol and sex, her parents fight to bring her home. Will their love, however suffocating and complicated, be enough to bring Louise to her senses?