by glenn gallagher

Sometimes things go wrong and then they just keep going wrong until one day, you just have to decide to fix it for the good of the family.

It is late in the 1970s in the south suburbs of Chicago and Randy Taylor has just begun his junior year at Rich South High School. Randy’s a good looking, popular kid who makes good grades, comes from a nice family and is not above being the class clown. He’s the eldest of three children, a brother one year younger and a sister just four years old. He’s looking forward to college and the freedom it will bring. But for now life is good—home, school, track team and his job at the bowling alley. Yes, it’s all good until the unthinkable happens, forcing a change in Randy’s life he could never have predicted. Before long Randy is doing things and making decisions no teenager should ever have to face. But hey, you do what you have to do to survive. Right?

Glenn Gallagher’s chilling novel focuses on one ordinary family who are nearly crushed by extraordinary circumstances when the oldest child takes matters into his own hands.

Glenn Gallagher was born in Chicago and raised in the south suburbs. He moved to Appalachia in 1982 where he writes fiction and poetry. His is a 1980 graduate of Rich South High School in Richton Park, Illinois and a 2001 graduate of West Virginia University, with a B.A. in English. He lives and works in the ‘Mountain State.’ “The Surviving Siblings” is his second novel.


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