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Break in Case of Emergency

A Novel

by Brian Francis

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published: Sep 2019
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Dads can be such a drag

Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. She keeps even her closest friend, the brash but endearing Trisha, at arms’ length, and recently ended her first relationship, with Trisha’s burnout brother, Mike. Convinced that she is destined to follow her mother’s path, Toby creates a plan to escape her pain.

But with the news that her father is coming home and finally wants to meet her, Toby must face the truth of her family’s story. Not only is her father gay, but he’s also a world-famous female impersonator—and a self-absorbed, temperamental man-child who is ill-prepared to be a real parent.

When Toby’s careful plans go awry, she is forced to rebuild the life she thought she knew from the ground up. While she may not follow an expected path, through the support of a quirky but lovable circle of friends and family, Toby may finally put together the many different pieces that make up her past, her present, and her future.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
14 to 100
Grade:
9 to 17
Editorial Reviews

“With classic Francis wit and emotion, Break In Case of Emergency reveals the intergenerational impact of exclusion and the path to self-acceptance. A guide for any teenager bearing the burden of loss and loneliness.”

— Vivek Shraya, author of <em>I’m Afraid of Men</em> and <em>The Boy & the Bindi</em>

“A fabulous book, and highly recommended to those looking for a meaningful read with a dash of lipstick, high heels, and heart.”

— Star Spider, author of <em>Past Tense</em>

“I couldn’t put this book down—and these characters stayed with me long after I read the last page. A story about family, friendship, courage, and resilience, this book is both heartbreaking and hopeful. It is also, occasionally, very very funny.”

— Robin Stevenson, Stonewall Honor-winning author of <em>Pride</em>

“Raw and touching, painful and hilarious, Break in Case of Emergency is a beautifully written coming of age story that reminds us that hope ultimately springs from forgiveness—of the people who’ve let us down, and more importantly, ourselves.”

— Tom Ryan, author of <em>Keep This To Yourself </em>and <em>Way To Go</em>

“Populated with believable, lovable and flawed characters, this is a beautiful story about acceptance and learning to love people for who they are—foibles, false eyelashes and all.”

— Susin Nielsen, author of <em>We Are All Made of Molecules </em>and <em>The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen</em>

“An unflinching story of a young woman wrestling with life-or-death questions about her own worth and purpose in the world. Francis is not afraid of the dark, but he also knows when to shine a hopeful, healing light. Beautiful, brave, and blisteringly smart.”

— Sarah Henstra, Governor General’s Award-winning author of <em>The Red Word</em> and <em>We Contain Multitudes</em>

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