Young Boy Taken ‘Off the Path’ by Loss of Parents in New Novel

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Daniel J. Wells writes coming-of-age story; shows importance of family.

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'It is, at its core, a love story of three troubled people, struggling to overcome personal tragedies and the random bad things to happen to people every day,' Wells says.

An eight-year-old boy from Detroit faces overwhelming circumstances in Daniel J. Wells’ new novel, “Off the Path” (published by iUniverse).

Davie has never had it easy; he and his mother struggle to scrape by in Detroit while his father sits on death row. When his mother commits suicide, Davie’s aunt and uncle are the only family he has left. The three of them struggle against external and internal forces that threaten to tear them apart.

“It is, at its core, a love story of three troubled people, struggling to overcome personal tragedies and the random ‘bad things’ to happen to people every day,” Wells says.

An excerpt from “Off the Path”:

“For an instant, Davie thought he saw two bright emerald eyes, burning from the darkness near the lake, watching him. He sat up in bed, too frightened to move to the window and look closer. He chose instead to lie flat, pull the covers up and over his head. When it remained quiet for several moments, Davie slowly lowered the covers and peeked toward the window.”

“Off the Path”
By Daniel J. Wells
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 256 pages | ISBN 9781491728857
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 256 pages | ISBN 9781491728864
E-Book | 256 pages | ISBN 9781491728840
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Daniel J. Wells has been a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, bartender, radio disc jockey, supervisor and proofreader. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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