But my husband and I always told our kids that they could call us anytime, for anything and we would come get them – we may not like it, we may be mad, but we would be there for them.
So when I got Gary Morgenstein’s new book, “Jesse’s Girl,” and read the first two paragraphs, I knew this would be a novel that I could relate to.
Morgenstein’s story opens as a jarring phone wakes Teddy Mentor well after midnight. It's the Montana Wilderness program saying that his 16-year-old adopted son Jesse has run away. Only two weeks ago, Jesse had been taken to the program by escorts to deal with substance abuse problems.
Jeopardizing his already precarious job in New York, Teddy rushes across the country to find Jesse, who is off on his own quest: to find Theresa, the birth sister he's never known. When Teddy finally discovers Jesse at a bus stop in Illinois, he is torn between sending Jesse back to Montana or joining his son on a journey to find this girl in Kentucky.
But he decides to go and the adventures that father and son run into on their journey are enough to make even the staunchest reader shudder with anxiety for the characters.
Gary Morgenstein has crafted a gritty, fast-paced novel that will entice, shock and entertain readers as they climb aboard the roller-coaster ride that is “Jesse’s Girl.” Although I personally found some of the language to be pretty raw, the usage lent an air of realism to the story. (And as the mother of boys, I’ve heard it all anyway!)
About the Author:
In addition to “Jesse’s Girl,” author Gary Morgenstein’s most recent novels, both available exclusively on Amazon.com, are the political baseball thriller “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and the romantic triangle “Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman.”