Comedy, crime, melodrama, and midlife crises

 

all show up in the pages of Josh Booth's new novel, Cross Over the Tracks.  The twins Luke and Jacob have very different life journeys, and their parallel stories illustrate the difference between living for success and living with purpose.  

Both Luke and Jacob start off on the same path.  They have left their small West Virginia town to attend law school, but then the brothers' stories diverge.  Like opts to start writing for a satirical magazine rather then take the bar exam.  Jacob keeps at it and lands a job with a top law firm. One is happy and satisfied; the other isn't.  When their town, however, begins suffering from the heroin epidemic sweeping the nation, one brother will step up to make a difference.  The other will have to reevaluate the way he measures success.