Old Buildings in North Texas

Old Buildings in North Texas

by Jen Waldo


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Olivia is 32 and living at home with her mother in Caprock, small-town Texas. Her therapist is a girl she went to high school with, her promising career in journalism has dwindled to nothing, and she spends her days hawking jewellery in a Mall following a favor from a friend. Life is back on an even-keel after her descent into drug abuse, but it's a far cry from the one she imagined.

Then, under pressure to take up a hobby, she decides to try urban exploration. Soon she's poking through derelict homes, churches, and schools across North Texas. Olivia knows her therapist would disapprove. What began as a harmless distraction soon becomes a lucrative business as she collects and sells antique fittings and fixtures online, but her new-found freedom starts to spiral out of control.

Victimless trespass is fast-evolving into criminal behavior, and the path her rehabilitation is taking leads Olivia to question her own moral code. She's not supposed to withhold information from her therapist—yet she does. Nor is she supposed to be stashing money in a secret account when she owes so much to so many—and although she's supposedly prohibited from communicating with people from her past, old friends keep showing up, making demands and threats. To add to it all, her baby sister has turned up pregnant, the question of their absent fathers has once more been unearthed, and her prescribed medication is inducing an unnatural detachment that makes her feel as though she's not present in her own life.

Tackling difficult subjects with a warmth and humor, and creating an unforgettable protagonist, Jen Waldo brings an electrifying tone to fiction and proves herself to be an astonishing new American voice who will stop you in her tracks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911350170
Publisher: Arcadia Books Ltd
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jen Waldo has lived in Holland, Egypt, the UK, Scotland, Kuwait, and Singapore, but now lives in her home Texas. She first began writing 25 years ago. Shortly after Waldo began writing, she had a story picked up by The European and was shortlisted in a competition by Traveller. She has had two poems published, one of which was broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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