By Janna McMahan
The reality of homeless people is a mystery, except for those forced to live it. The world of homeless youth is a subculture unlike any other. Along with other horrors, it is filled with abandonment, fear, rejection, mental illness and a relentless hunger of the spirit and flesh.
In this novel, Emily, a young bartender meets Travis, who is a reporter. He is doing an inside investigation of the homeless youth of Austin. Emily becomes his photographer. Together they plan on exposing this underground world.
During the investigation, Emily bonds with Lorelei, a young homeless woman. Lorelei exposes them to the darkness of her world, as well as the reality of her past, with startling results.
Janna McMahon writes a cutting edge, important novel. She understands family relationships and dynamics. In this story she takes it to a new level, with a very clear understanding. She does well to point out that which many turn away from, knowing if we do we cannot help.