Tiger Lilly is the story of widow Lilly Irish who takes in her niece, Annie, someone she hasn’t seen in more than 15 years. Along with Annie come three children, and a dog of questionable breeding. From the moment they blow into her life on a windy fall night and Krank the dog pees on her carpet, Lilly begins a life-changing journey.
Tiger Lilly begins with a family in flux and reaches its climax with the kidnapping of Caleb, the oldest of Annie’s children. Caleb is a boy torn between protectiveness of his mother and siblings, and rage at a life with no stability. On his first day of school he tangles with gangbanger wannabes whose leader is a troubled boy quick to single out someone more conflicted about life than he is. Their school-ground clash leads to horrifying consequences.
Lilly and Annie join forces to find Caleb before it’s too late, and Lilly finds out what Annie has been running from since her mother’s death years before.
Tiger Lilly is the fourth book I've published. The others are available at http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-0064416049, on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. I publish an e-zine, Happenstance (http://issuu.com/vandermeerbooks), twice a month. The magazine features arts and culture, essays, poetry and more. My background is in journalism and community development.