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Describe your latest book.
Part coming-of-age story, part literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
is a father-daughter story that explores what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most. After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and begins to unravel clues about her mother’s mysterious death. Woven in between Loo’s adventures are tales from her father’s criminal past, spanning across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks. Inspired by the myth of Hercules’s 12 labors, Samuel Hawley’s “twelve lives” are the twelve scars he carries on his body — each from a different bullet that nearly took his life...