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Welcome to Georgia in the late 1970s, where ten-year-old Luke's otherwise neglectful father is teaching him to drive, a lesson so steeped in southern meaning that it eclipses his father's many failings. Freedom -- ethereal, unattainable, unimaginable freedom -- has just cleared the horizon for the first time in young Luke's life, and he likes what he sees.
Luke's family is a blessed mess. As Luke counts the days until his 16th birthday, his mother enters into a series of painful if poignant relationships with men, only to discover that her closest and most gratifying bond may be with the bottle. Luke runs a bit wild, driving without a license and attracting the notice of the local authorities -- a development that causes his world-weary mother to send Luke off to his drug-running brother, Nick, who is dedicated to seeing that Luke doesn't follow in his path.
But Luke's love for Nick sends him on a journey to catch up with him and his fellow fugitives before the police -- or, for that matter, murderous cocaine traffickers -- find them first. Along the way, Luke discovers love and nurtures a steadily blooming desire to live life on the right side of the law. Equal parts hilarious and touching, painful and joyous, Drive like Hell is a picture-perfect study of growing up restless and rootless in a southern town. (Spring 2005 Selection)