The cover of the novel DetoursJoel Patterson should be happier than ever. He’s back from a two-week vacation in London, where he met Philip, who might be the man of his dreams. Instead, Joel’s heading to Maine for his mother’s funeral. He quits his job to fulfill one last request for his mother: unload his parents’ albatross of an RV by delivering it to a family friend—in California. Somehow, Joel’s high school “friend” Lincoln has invited himself along on the ride—and into Joel’s bed. And who’s riding shotgun? The ghost of his mother, who still has plenty to say about her son’s judgment (or lack thereof). Joel has to get the RV to San Francisco, get rid of Lincoln, and get back to Philip—and learn what’s keeping Mom tied to this plane. However he manages it, the route’s likely to be anything but straight.

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