Title: Dandelion Teeth
Genre: New Adult - contemporary
Word Count: 55,000
At twenty-three, Julia Marsh considers herself an expert in dealing with families in crisis – after all, she’s a damn good social worker – but when her father dies she can’t help her own family. Her mother is constantly on the verge of a meltdown and her younger sister blames Julia for their father’s death.
When an estranged uncle shows up at the memorial service, he reveals an extended family Julia never knew existed. Could this be what her father was coming to tell her when his plane crashed? Or was he going to reveal Amy, a girl listed as his eldest daughter in his will? Julia’s search for the truth becomes all-consuming. She pushes her mother and sister away and ignores her most important case, a three-year-old girl about to be sent back to an abusive home.
The disturbing truth she uncovers may not be worth losing her family and her job.
Dandelion Teeth is a 55,000-word new adult work that takes place in Kentucky.
First 150 words:
Julia Marsh stood in front of O’Hare Airport’s Gate B-20, staring at the check-in counter. She’d made it through security without a problem, but she couldn’t bring herself to walk those last few feet. Her roommate Natalie tried to talk her out of flying home, insisting that a car ride would be more calming. Calming, that’s how she’d put it.
“Are you lost?” a woman in an oversized Navy Pier t-shirt asked. She stood on the edge of the gate area carpet, careful not to let her bright, white tennis shoes touch the same tiled floor that Julia stood on. Instead, she leaned forward. A mixture of maternal worry and tourist fear tugged at the corners of her mouth. Her husband watched nervously as he guarded their bags.
With round glasses and a thinning comb-over, he looked nothing like Julia’s father, yet that’s all she saw. Her father was everywhere in the airport.