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 a purpose.

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small town brothers

Both Luke and Jacob start off on the same path.  They have left their small town in West Virginia to attend law school, but then the brothers' stories diverge.  Luke opts to start writing for a satirical magazine rather than 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.


“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”