Monday, June 22, 2015

The Ticket

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Ticket
Firefly Southern Fiction (May 20, 2015)
Debra Jeter


A Vanderbilt University professor, Debra Coleman Jeter has published fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her story, "Recovery," won first prize in a Christian Woman short story competition, and her nonfiction book "Pshaw, It's Me Grandson": Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several international awards. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband. She is currently working on a novel based on the life of her grandmother, Effie Shultz McClain (1900 to 1985).


Tray Dunaway longs to be part of the popular set at school but, she's growing too fast and her clothes no longer fit. The only person who understands Tray's need for acceptance is her grandmother, but when Tray wears Gram's hand-sewn clothes to school, the kids make fun of her tall, boney appearance. Tray's luck improves when Pee Wee Johnson, a down-and-out friend of her father's, buys two lottery tickets and gives one to Mr. Dunaway as a thank-you for driving him to Hazard, Illinois. When her father's ticket turns out to be the winner, Johnson demands his cut of the proceeds, but Tray's dad refuses. What seems like a stroke of good fortune suddenly becomes a disturbing turn of events as Johnson threatens to cause problems for the family and Tray.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Ticket, go HERE.

Book Review

This young adult book is about a girl, Tray, who is going through a very awkward stage in her life.   She is very tall and thin and unlike the other girls.  She does not fit in with what she sees as the popular crowd at school.  Her grandmother makes all of her clothing which seems to make her stick out more.   Her mother is always "sick" with some type of illness.   Her Dad accidentally wins the lottery when someone buys him a ticket.   Tray thinks is going to be helpful to her situation, but in fact it makes things so much worse for everyone involved. 

When I receive a book from the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance I expect there to be a thread of that foundation:  Christianity.   I did not find that in this book.   I found desperation and fear and very real life situations, but none of the hope that God can give.  Speaking of real life situations, there is a very graphic scene in the book.   A very real and possible scene, but definitely graphic. 

Thank you to CFBA for providing a complimentary copy of this book for me to read and review.

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