The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
From The Jacket:
A coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most.

ďA father-daughter road trip you wonít soon forget.ĒóRichard Russo

Samuel Hawley isnít like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Looís a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wifeís hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.

Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parentsí lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history thatís darker than she could have known, the demons of her fatherís past spill over into the presentóand together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come.

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