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Afraid of the Light

Author(s): Douglas Kennedy

Location(s): Los Angeles, California

Genre(s): Thriller, Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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The new novel from the bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness and The Moment

Brendan has always lived a careful, constrained life. A salesman who never liked the work, he’s a man who has stayed in his marriage and his faith because it was what was expected of him. But now, having lost his job after corporate downsizing and on the cusp of sixty, he finds himself scrambling to somehow stay afloat in the only Los Angeles work on offer to a man his age – driving for Uber.

When one of his rides, a retired professor named Elise, asks to be dropped off outside an abortion clinic where she now volunteers, Brendan finds himself literally driving right into the virulent epicentre of one of the major issues of our time, engulfing his life in the process.

A novel of high suspense and considerable moral complexity, Afraid of the Light is a tough, affecting social thriller that speaks volumes about the corrosive divisions of our troubled times.

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Author: Tina Hartas

The author has chosen a sensitive topic to be at the heart of his latest novel, set on the roads criss crossing the city of Los Angeles and into the wider state of California....

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Lead Review

Author: Tina Hartas

The author has chosen a sensitive topic to be at the heart of his latest novel, set on the roads criss crossing the city of Los Angeles and into the wider state of California....

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021