How far would you go for your family? A smart and funny debut about road trips, music, love, and California for fans ofThe Perks of Being A WallflowerRun River and Killing Yourself to Live.

Los Angeles, California: Clem Jasper is a trust fund kid with a world famous rock musician for a father. When he dies suddenly (playing ping pong) she discovers he’s left her a strange legacy—a series of letters that take her on a mysterious road trip around California. Ignoring her aunt’s suggestion that she pitch the trip as a reality show, she embarks on her own—to discover just what it was that her father meant her to find. What secret could be so powerful that he had to die before telling her? 

With a voice reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell, Dutton’s Driftwood is a surprising, poignant, and funny debut. Dutton perfectly captures the mythology of California with this bright and unusual take on the freedom of the open road, the power of music, and what it means, even in the midst of grief, to be a family. Fans of The Perks of Being A WallflowerRun River and Killing Yourself to Live will find much to savor here.

About The Author

edutton2014ELIZABETH DUTTON is the author of 1,033 Reasons to Smile. She is a graduate of the creative writing masters program at the University of Glasgow and has worked for Mother Jones magazine. Born and raised in California, Elizabeth now lives in Chesterfield, South Carolina where she teaches English at the local community college. Driftwood is her first novel. Find out more at elizabethdutton.com.