One, two, three, four. I declare a thumb war. The chant of the childhood game loops in Claire’s head as she decides her brother’s fate. How can she possibly force the hands she once played silly games against into a pair of handcuffs? What will happen if she doesn’t? Her solution: denial. It seems to work well for her mom.
Besides, she has her own problems. Nearing thirty, with no marriage prospects in sight, has Claire begging herself not to become bitter. She swears for her next date she’ll show up in sweatpants, sans makeup, two drinks ahead—the truest form of speed dating.
Claire’s denial hits its expiration when more money disappears from her bank account. Ignored addictions don’t fade, they grow. After her baby brother refuses rehab, her only power is to press charges. It’s a risk. The judge could sentence him to rehab, or prison. But it may be the best way to save him. Or lose him forever.
While her family life crumbles, her lackluster love life unexpectedly blooms. Things move fast with Barrett, a young politician. Claire’s dream of creating a family of her own finally feels within her grasp. Unfortunately, Barrett’s grasp is a bit too tight. She may not be able to save her brother, but by giving up the future she so desperately wants, she may be able to save herself.
Love/Sick is an 88,000-word women’s fiction manuscript tackling the heartbreaking nature of the opioid epidemic. My own brother is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence as result of an opioid addiction.
I hold a degree in journalism from The University of Georgia. Before moving abroad, I was an advertising copywriter and creative director. I currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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