Elizabeth Dutton writes literary fiction and poetry and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the Creative Writing Masters program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Born and raised in California, Elizabeth now lives in Chesterfield, South Carolina, where she teaches English at the local technical college. Driftwood is her first novel. Find out more at elizabethdutton.com.
Book Title: Driftwood
Meet Clem Jasper: trust-fund kid, daughter of world-famous rocker Tommy Jasper, unmoored, and vaguely dissatisfied with life in LA. But after existing “more than a quarter of a century in a state of fuzzy boredom,” Clem’s life is changed forever when her beloved father collapses over a game of ping pong.
At the reading of Tommy’s will, Clem discovers that her father, in true form, has thrown the family a curveball from the beyond. Sister Dena collects the Matisse; brother Simon, the guitar collection—and Clem, a bundle of numbered letters that her mother begs her not to open. With the first letter, Clem discovers her father’s call to action—he is sending her on a road trip across the state; and a strict instructive—to open only one letter at a time.