Eat your vegetables. Brush your teeth. Trust your history.
And, remember, don’t ask stupid questions.
For eighteen years, Jimmy Grogan has had the perfect life. His parents feed him. His girlfriend, Melanie, smiles at him a lot. He even manages to gain acceptance into the (twentieth) university of his choice despite his poor high school performance. But when the big day comes to move out of his idyllic home and enter college-grade adulthood, the mover points him toward a secret that he has somehow missed all of these years: He is adopted, or so his sister’s autobiography suggests.
Jimmy’s illusions suddenly come crashing down when he realizes that his parents may have been lying to him since infancy. But, is his sister’s story true? Or, is she playing the most heinous prank in the history of pranks? Even as he sits alone in his new dorm five hours away from home, separated from the evidence he needs to solve the mystery, he is determined to uncover the truth about who’s been lying to him, even if it means driving him and his family apart. But, the question still lingers: Should he take his aunt’s advice and just leave it alone? What does she know that he doesn’t?
“Gutter Child” is the tragicomical story of what happens when we allow ignorance to define us, reality to side-wind us, and obsession to change us while learning the hard truth that growing up sucks. Join Jimmy Grogan on his maddening journey into adulthood today.
New version: June 2018.
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