How We End Up by Douglas Wells


  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: TouchPoint Press (March 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
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How We End Up 
Awarded Finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the 2018 International Book Awards.

  • Jackson Levee, an ambitious young college instructor and writer, saves nine-year-old twin girls, Hadley and Haley, from drowning in the Gulf of Mexico. He writes a poem titled “After the Rescue” based on the incident and receives critical acclaim and a wide readership as the result of an appearance on a popular national television talk show.
  • The twins mature into beautiful but troubled young women. Jackson’s success leads him to a professorship at an esteemed university in the Carolina mountains where meets LaVeda with whom he has a temporary happy marriage, but his ascendant star falls soon thereafter. Hadley marries a womanizer and discovers through a chance meeting that she is gay, loses the relationship, and sinks into alcohol and drug abuse. Haley suffers a depressive episode and afterwards begins an unfulfilling affair with her older supervisor, subsequently marrying an army reservist who is horribly wounded in the Iraq War and whose PTSD threatens everything.
  • Through twenty-five years, Jackson’s, Hadley’s, and Haley’s recklessness in sex, love, marriage, and life  produces wild and horrific results. They struggle to transcend their misfortunes and realize their destinies.


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