Bridging the Gap by Kevin Johnson.
Eric isn’t exactly living his best life. He works in the IT department of a hospital, where he steals glances at his crush, Amy, and begrudgingly interacts with everyone else while counting the minutes until his next break. Eric’s stuck in a rut and living in his own little bubble, oblivious to nearly everything happening around him. A fact that frustrates no one more than his best friend, Sara. Eric’s routine is interrupted by a mysterious, silent little boy who imposes on his afternoon break. The boy’s appearance sets off a domino effect of events that force Eric out of his oblivious bubble and make him realize that nothing is as he believed: not his job, not his boss, and certainly not his relationship with Sara. When Sara draws away from him, he worries his realization has come too late and struggles to find a way to make things right. But as he pieces together his plan for redemption, he learns Sara’s in the path of a devastating tragedy that could take her away from him forever.
Set in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Kevin Johnson weaves in a little fact with his fiction, mentioning spots any Fort Smith native will recognize. Adding local landmarks like Ed Walker's and St. Edwards allows locals and transplants alike to get a realistic mental image of the Fort Smith landscape from the early two thousands.
And then there's the main character, Eric. I think we've all been Eric on occasion. He's in a rut, going from home to work and back again, filling the time in between with television and naps. He's going through the motions in a somnambulant state - someone learned a new word at book club. He's boring and he's bored. And then he meets a little who changes the trajectory of his life forever.
Where can you get it?:
Here's the link to the Amazon page.
Or, better yet, swing by Bookish tonight between 5:00-7:00 to pick up a copy and enjoy a charcuterie. If there's one thing we at Tipsy Mockingbird know, it's how to throw together one heck of a charcuterie board. You can't get that on Amazon! Well, actually, you probably can, but it won't be here until Thursday at the earliest.
So, readers, we'll see you tonight!