CFBA Review: The Ticket by:Debra Coleman Jeter
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Vanderbilt University professor, Debra Coleman Jeter has published fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her story, “Recovery,” won first prize in a Christian Woman short story competition, and her nonfiction book “Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several international awards. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband. She is currently working on a novel based on the life of her grandmother, Effie Shultz McClain (1900 to 1985).
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tray Dunaway longs to be part of the popular set at school but, she’s growing too fast and her clothes no longer fit. The only person who understands Tray’s need for acceptance is her grandmother, but when Tray wears Gram’s hand-sewn clothes to school, the kids make fun of her tall, boney appearance. Tray’s luck improves when Pee Wee Johnson, a down-and-out friend of her father’s, buys two lottery tickets and gives one to Mr. Dunaway as a thank-you for driving him to Hazard, Illinois. When her father’s ticket turns out to be the winner, Johnson demands his cut of the proceeds, but Tray’s dad refuses. What seems like a stroke of good fortune suddenly becomes a disturbing turn of events as Johnson threatens to cause problems for the family and Tray.
Tray Dunaway desperately want’s to e popular at her school. But grandma’s hand-sewn outfit’s aren’t going to cut it. Especially, since everyone at school make fun of her boney structure that defined greatly by those clothes. She needs the more expensive clothes, that give her a total different look. A look that complements her, that doesn’t give her a washed out look.
Just when it seems nothing in her life is getting any better, her father gets an amazing surprise. Due to a generous friend giving him a lottery ticket, he finds it to be a winning ticket. Oh, what a joyful day in the Dunaway household. The most excited Dunaway of all would most definitely be Tray, because her luck has just changed. Or so she thought.
When her father’s friend, Pee Wee, demands the ticket to be given back to him. But when, Tray’s father refuses, the Dunaway’s have a whole new set of bad luck, especially since Pee Wee plans to cause major problems for them all.
The Ticket is a wonderful book about the complication’s of a teen in the seventies. The author has an amazing way with words. Each character had a compelling personality. I hope to read many more of her books.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.
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