Million Dollar Road
Available May 26, 2015 – Preorder Now!
Set in the heart of Louisiana, Amy Conner’s spellbinding new novel tells of a young woman yearning for a better existence—and of the secret longings that will change the lives of all those around her.
Eighteen-year-old Lireinne Hooten has always been on the lowest rung of the ladder. Abandoned by her mother, Lireinne lives with her stepfather in an old trailer on Million Dollar Road. Every day she walks the long mile, through a canopy of live oaks, to her job at the world’s largest alligator farm. Shy and overweight in high school, Lireinne has become lean and resilient from months of hosing out the huge cement barns. And just like Snowball—the enormous, all-white alligator she feeds illicit treats every day—she’s hungry to be free.
Lireinne’s boss, Con Costello, is powerful, attractive, and used to getting exactly what he desires. Now that he’s noticed Lireinne’s haunting beauty, he wants her too. But unlike Con’s needy second wife, Lizzie, or Emma, his still heartbroken ex, Lireinne isn’t interested. Undeterred, Con’s growing obsession will upend all their lives—compelling Lizzie to confront the hard truth about her marriage, pushing Emma past her self-imposed isolation and back into the world. And for Lireinne, it will lead to an unexpected chance to redefine herself, far away from her past and from Million Dollar Road.
Insightful and atmospheric, Million Dollar Road is a richly observed novel of our most keenly felt appetites—for love, acceptance, and a place to belong.
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Recent GoodReads.com Reviews
“Amy Conner returns with MILLION DOLLAR ROAD, another riveting, and passionate “southern charmer” must read; full of suspense, wit, humor, and some important (hard) life lessons!” – Judy Collins
“This has multi layer characters and a narrative like a tornado that sucks you in. The people are living and breathing and making the kind of surprising and complex decisions that gleam with reality and intelligence.” – Susan Stevens
The Right Thing
The Right Thing is a story about two places in time, 1963 and 1990, two little girls and two women with a lifetime commitment to each other despite their differences: money and the lack of it, the hard realities of class and race in a small Southern town and how those factors worked to shape their lives. It’s a story about one woman’s coming of age at 35, what we owe the people we love and how to navigate compromise and principle.
The Right Thing is also a midnight road trip to the New Orleans’ Fairgrounds Race Track, a dog-napping, a one-night stand and an evening spent in the trailer of a transsexual. It’s a southern country lane with potholes, twists and turns on the way to an inevitable yet satisfying ending. For every woman who loved Jane Austen, Harper Lee and Thelma and Louise, The Right Thing is a journey you won’t want to miss.
Recent GoodReads.com Reviews
“LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this riveting, witty, and moving debut novel! If you are a fan of authors, Susan Rebecca White, Fannie Flagg, Mary Kay Andrews, Kathryn Stockett, Joshilyn Jackson, Claire Cook, or Nicholas Sparks, you will adore Amy Conner’s warm hearted, funny, insightful, and brilliantly crafted writing style of Southern women. She is in a class all her own—definitely knows the Bible belt South, with “right on dialects”, accents, politics, cruel judgments, and pretentious quirky ways.” —- Judy Collins
“A very well written first novel – – the author seems very comfortable with the world of the South, especially a woman’s world in the early 60’s, and the characters were lively and believable. The story moved along nicely – – definitely recommended this to my librarian as a purchase!” —- Cheryl