Synopses & Reviews
The year is 2007 and the Stardust Casino is scheduled for demolition. Grace's chance to see the icon from her past one last time fades, after the car she's driving breaks down outside Little Rock, Arkansas. But on their way to the Grand Canyon, Ray and his eleven-year-old son, Benny, stop to help, and before Grace has time to talk herself out of it, she accepts their offer to take her to Las Vegas. As Ray's classic Olds Cutlass eats up miles of highway, Grace can't shake the feeling the boy controls the journey and something greater than their physical selves is riding shotgun.
At a gas stop in Oklahoma, Benny knocks over a garbage can and discovers a bag full of money. It's not long before the man who hid the bag is on their tail, demanding its return. But despite Ray's efforts to comply, nobody anticipates the resourcefulness of a boy like Benny, launching father, son, and Grace "...on the trip of a lifetime, with unexpected, often hilarious, results." Patricia Day, 5-Star Readers' Favorite
"A great read for book clubs "
"...refreshingly good medicine."
"...a powerful, empowering story for all ages."
Previously published as Father, Son & Grace.
A boy with an extraordinary gift, a woman desperate to reach Las Vegas, and a bag of money.
"You’ll be taken on the trip of a lifetime, with unexpected, often hilarious results."
Benny relies on his love of action movies to navigate life. After his
mama dies, he talks his dad into taking him to the Grand Canyon,
convinced the trip will make his dad happy again, like in the movie.
Benny's dad, Ray, just hopes to put distance on the memories haunting
him and his son in their empty house.
states away, seventy-one-year-old Grace is having a full-tilt panic
attack during her husband's church service. A split-second decision to
see the Stardust Casino one last time – and a broken fan belt – lands
her square in the path of father and son, who offer to get her to Las
Vegas before the casino's demolition.
Then somewhere in the middle of Oklahoma, Benny finds a bag of money...
A fun, captivating story of friendship, self-discovery, and forgiveness.