Here on Earth
by Brian Holers
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 13 Jun 2023
Girl Friday Productions, Girl Friday Books
Fresh out of prison and looking to make amends to his son, Tommy Turner finds himself tangled up with a New Orleans mafia boss hellbent on revenge and a past that just won’t leave him be.
After a two-year stint in Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola for drug dealing, recovering addict and gambler Tommy Turner just wants to reconcile with his ex-wife and young son, Jamey, and get himself right with God. Haunted by how his father’s destroyed football career, failed marriage, and untimely death affected his childhood, Tommy vows to do better by Jamey.
Enter Tommy’s childhood friend: Glenn Rosen. Glenn has stepped up to serve as surrogate father to Jamey in Tommy’s absence, and it’s brought joy and meaning to Glenn’s empty life. Now, fiercely protective of Jamey, Glenn sees Tommy as a deadbeat who will never amount to anything. But Glenn is also facing his own personal reckoning. A lifelong gay man, he has unexpectedly fallen for a woman. But Glenn has bigger fish to fry when Tommy’s bad choices impact Glenn’s orderly existence and threaten to destroy the life he has built.
When ailing New Orleans mafia boss Carlo Bianchi comes looking for Tommy with a bloody vendetta, chaos mounts, and Tommy and Glenn are forced to depend on each other to protect Jamey from an unsettling future. With a lifetime of disappointments behind him, can Tommy save his son from his own father’s legacy of a broken childhood?
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Tommy Turner hasn’t had the easiest life. His struggles with addiction can be traced back to his parents and possibly beyond, as we see the glimpse of Tommy’s great-uncle also being inflicted with it. After making a seemingly huge mistake, Tommy gets released from prison and has found that religion has helped him stay on the straight and narrow.
So Tommy now has a job and lives close to his son Jamey and his mom. He’s paying off a debt to the Bianchi family. Until one night. Choices were made and Tommy had to defend himself while at that crossroad made a choice that set off a series of events. Add to that the sudden loss of Jamey’s mom, there is a lot going on in Tommy’s life, and yet he continues to do what’s best for his son.
Here on Earth introduces us to the Turner family line. The generational traumas that end up being carried over. We not only see the roots that connect the Turner family. But how the local Sheriff has been a fixture in the families. And of the Rosen family, although better off financially than the Turners, still have their own issues. Glen Rosen owes his life to Tommy Turner and will do everything to provide stability for Jamey.
That gets put to the test when the Bianchi Mafia Boss looking for his son, tries to teach Tommy a lesson. Little does he know Glen and Tommy hatch up a plan and are willing to risk it all for Jamey.
It is a story of broken families, struggles, generational traumas, and the ultimate sacrifice to make amends and break cycles. The details of Here On Earth will let you craft each family’s tree. And see how they were all connected and had something to do with impacting each other’s life.