Money, Love by Brad Barkley
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Ever since sixteen-year-old Gabe Strickland can remember, his father, Roman, has believed in the sale: that magical moment on the customer’s porch, the deal about to close. But with each dizzying success comes an equally memorable failure, and Gabe’s mother, Gladys, has grown tired of waiting for a life of financial stability. So in the summer of 1975, she leaves Roman and goes to live with his dependable brother Dutch. Confident he can win Gladys back, Roman pins all his hopes on a barnstorming tour of Southern carnivals, hawking tickets for “Death Cars of Celebrities.” Gabe finds his own truth somewhere between Roman’s quixotic dreaming and Gladys’s newfound stability, and he learns that love is, ultimately, the one thing that can’t be bought or sold.
 

About Brad Barkley

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He is a native of North Carolina, is the author of Circle View, a short story collection. He lives in Frostburg, Maryland.
 
Published May 13, 2013 by Dzanc Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Determined to win back Gladys (whom he genuinely loves), Roman cooks up one harebrained moneymaking scheme after another, finally settling on a traveling-carnival exhibit of “Death Cars of the Celebrities,” enlisting the bemused Gabe to pose as the late James Dean—an imposture to which he consent...

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The tale centers on Roman's extravagant, misguided attempts to win Gladys back, from a poetry contest rigged to ensure that Gladys will place first, to a successful traveling roadshow of Celebrity Death Cars, intended to impress Gladys, featuring Gabe dressed as James Dean and Dutch's beauty-quee...

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