Under the guise of mentor and muse, a frustrated writer and her ambitious teenage protégé take an illicit summer road trip fraught with racial and sexual tension. This is a compelling psychological novel about social norms, artistic ambition, and obsession.
Maggie Barnett works in the media center of a school in Flint, Michigan where she meets Taezha Riverton, an aspiring teenage writer. After discovering that Maggie is also a writer, Taezha turns to her as both a mentor and a friend.
Alone and childless, it’s not enough for Maggie to take Tae to restaurants and poetry slams. Although Tae’s mother has nothing against Maggie, she is less than thrilled when Maggie proposes to take her daughter on a summer road trip. Permission is never explicitly granted, but shortly after school is out for the summer, Maggie and Tae head for the Southeast.
“Road trip to another state of mind by Kevin McLogan”
I really enjoyed this book.
The author builds tension as the road trip goes on (although it would drive me nuts to travel just a few hours each day-I would have made that trip in a day). The relationship between the two women doesn’t exactly grow, it evolves.
The ending is quite realistic, and satisfying.
A lot of SE Michigan references throughout, which was a nice touch.
Good read, hard to put down.