The Key to Circus-Mom Highway

The Key to Circus-Mom Highway

by Allyson Rice
The Key to Circus-Mom Highway

The Key to Circus-Mom Highway

by Allyson Rice

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Overview

In an attempt to secure an unexpected inheritance-and hopefully find a few answers-two estranged sisters and their newly discovered brother embark on a comically surreal trip through the Deep South to retrace the life of the mother who abandoned them.

On a Tuesday afternoon, Chicago-based sisters Jesse Chasen and Jennifer McMahon receive a phone call notifying them that the birth mother they had no knowledge of has died, leaving behind a significant inheritance. But in order to obtain it, they must follow a detailed road trip she designed for them to get to know her-and that includes finding a brother they never knew existed.

For the next week, this ill-assorted trio treks across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to meet their mother's old friends, from circus performers to a juke joint owner, each of whom delivers a shocking vignette into the life of a young mother traumatized by loss and abuse. Along the way, these three siblings-Jesse, whose fiery exterior disguises a drifting musician stuck in a rut; Jennifer, whose carefully curated family life is threatened by her husband's infidelity; and Jack, whose enigmatic Jackie, Oh! persona in the New Orleans drag queen scene helps him escape the nightmares of Afghanistan that haunt him at night-must confront their own demons (and at least one alligator). But in chasing the truth about their real mother, they may all just find their second chance.

A story of family trauma and transformation, The Key to Circus-Mom Highway is a profound, often hilarious, reminder that the family you'd never have chosen may turn out to be exactly what you need.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982185544
Publisher: Total Human Publications
Publication date: 01/03/2023
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Allyson Rice is a writer, mixed media artist, and producer currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Rehoboth Beach, DE. She's a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. After spending many years as an actress on stage and on television, she left the business and spent the next decade running yoga/meditation retreats, women's retreats, and creativity retreats around the country. After that, she pivoted to focus on her own creative work. In addition to her writing and art, she's also a photographer. Some random bits of Allyson trivia: 1) She's been skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining through a rainforest, and scuba diving with stingrays; 2) she has an extensive PEZ dispenser collection; 3) she played Connor Walsh on As the World Turns for seven years; 4) she's been in the Oval Office at the White House after hours; 5) she's related to the Hatfields of the infamous Hatfield/McCoy feud; and 6) her comedic rap music video "Fine, I'll Write My Own Damn Song" won numerous awards in the film festival circuit. (https://youtu.be/7Xe3nuVDkC4) She's currently at work on her next novel, Normal is Overrated, and her fourth women's coloring book.
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