From award-winning writer Billie Livingston, an unsparing novel
of loyalty and survival that is fierce, sharp and funny even when
it''s breaking your heart.
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided
herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into
a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother,
Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending
her days fantasizing aloud about death--a goal Sammie is tempted to
help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs
a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.
With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but
the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their
daughter and each other--and who awkwardly try to extend some
semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis
among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the
approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for
the "weird, spearmint-fresh feeling" of life in the straight world.
Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes
that beyond the realm of possibility.
One Good Hustle chronicles 2 months in Sammie Bell''s
struggle with her dread that she is somehow doomed genetically to
be just another hustler.