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Opioid, Indiana (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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Short, sweet and stunning, OPIOID, INDIANA tracks Riggle, living in a city he’ll call Opioid so as not to embarrass his real town, as he tries to save those he loves while simply raising the rent before horrible things happen. The story is intercut with lovely recollections of his long-gone mother’s personal mythologies as she related them to him in the darkest hours. I thought that idea sounded ridiculous as I first paged through the book – by the middle, I was in LOVE with it. Even the darkest characters here shine some light, have some beauty; the brightest flare like tiny suns. I consider this mere steps away from being a Young Adult title, inspirational and about a 17-year-old, horrible things and all. But I don’t call the shots or keep the money.

— Matt

October 2019 Indie Next List

“You’ll read this book in one breathless sitting, but the story will stay with you. Riggle, the 17-year-old orphaned protagonist, is exactly what we all need. He’s on a deadline but out of cell phone data to search for answers. Toggling between his memory and the present, he must discern for himself what he feels, how he will survive, and how he will process his grief; in so doing, he is able to better empathize with everyone he encounters. Riggle is also very funny and filled with all of the wonderful contradictions that make us human. Opioid, Indiana is vulnerable and unflinching. It’s a beautiful, original story.”
— Tiffany Lauderdale Phillips, Wild Geese Books, Franklin, IN

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094256597
ISBN-10: 1094256595
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: December 17th, 2019
Language: English