A Long Road Home: Journalist’s Gritty, Gripping Debut Novel Follows Aspiring Singer’s Struggles to Find Not Just Her Voice…But The Man Behind Her Father
Masterfully crafted by Dennis Maley, ‘A Long Road Home’ takes readers from the flora of Savannah to the Jazz-pumping streets of New Orleans, as a reclusive writer and a grief-stricken starlet come to terms with being father and daughter. Immersing readers in the sights, emotions and often bold awkwardness of their journey, it’s no wonder critics are urging readers to “expect the unexpected”.
Gaithersburg, MD – While throwing punches in the ring as a professional boxer, Dennis Maley had no idea that he’d one day be competing with bestsellers with the release of a novel. But Maley has spent his entire life defying convention, a thread he now twists into the fray of his tumultuous, perfectly-flawed father and daughter protagonists.
‘Long Road Home’ is no ordinary coming-of-age story; it’s largely uncomfortable, awkward yet immerses the reader in the true reality of what it means to discover an estranged father who is essentially estranged from himself.
After losing her mother to cancer, 22-year old aspiring singer Jenny Harris couldn’t be more alone. Enter T.K. Connolly, a debauched recluse of a writer who has just been revealed as her biological father. Their journey of self discovery takes the reader from the azalea lined streets of Savannah to the rich culture of New Orleans. Can Jenny find her voice? Can T.K. reclaim his? In his debut novel, longtime journalist Dennis Maley has crafted a rich and poignant story that will stay with readers along after they turn the final page!
“There’s an interesting paradox in the narrative” explains Maley. “Jenny is totally crippled by grief and needs a father more than ever. Her spiraling emotions send her out to find him, only to discover than he possibly needs more caring for than she does. How does she handle it? Does co-dependency develop? And do they ever forge bonds that will last a lifetime? You’ll have to buy the book to find out!”
Continuing, “I worked for hundreds of hours to make both my characters and their settings somewhat chillingly real. The entire story takes place among beautiful, vibrant southern locations – areas that are familiar to me and are conveyed with vivid realism. Coupled with the emotions spilling off each page, this is a story that both men and women of all ages can revel in.”
Readers agree, leaving positive reviews. For example, AJ comments, “My favorite novel so far this year! The book is divided into character sections which made it easy to follow and understand the direction of the story line. Expect the unexpected with a fantastic ending from this author. A great story and must read for all ages.”
‘A Long Road Home’, from Double Bridge Publishing, is available now: http://amzn.to/1gMmvp6.
For more information, visit the publisher’s official website: http://www.doublebridgepublishing.com.
About the Author:
Dennis Maley is a featured columnist for the Bradenton Times. The former boxing star is from Frackville, PA. He currently resides in Florida with his eleven year old son.