80 Proof Lives
Felicia S. W. Thomas
Number of pages: 226
About the Author
Felicia S.W. Thomas is an attorney and an author. Her debut novel is 80 Proof Lives, which received the 2011 Publisher’s Association Award in the young adult category. She is the first African American to have received the award in this category. 80 Proof Lives can be purchased on Amazon.com in paperback and ebook format. It has been assigned reading in several high schools in Gadsden and Leon Counties. To contact the author, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
80 Proof Lives is a young adult novel set in a small southern town during the late ’70s. This is the story of Fla (rhymes with clay), an intelligent but seemingly unloved teenager who is raised by an alcoholic, emotionally abusive mother.
Fifteen-year-old Fla Fry feels lonely, unloved, and destined to go nowhere after graduation. To pay off her mother’s beer tab, she is forced to clean house for the local madam and bootleg queen, Miss Lipstick, during the summer of 1976. By the end of that fateful summer, she learns some life-changing things about herself that could plunge her into the 80 proof life of an alcoholic, which she knows all too well. Fla has to give up her summer of reading to clean up house around drug addicts, alcoholics, and other downtrodden people with various vices.
Fla encounters some very colorful characters who help her discover who she really is when she learns some life-changing things about herself that could lead her to an 80 Proof Life.
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