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Tracking Happiness: A Southern Chicken Adventure

“I personally don’t see the point of being in business with chickens if you aren’t gonna be nice to them.”
Lucinda Mae Watkins

Lucinda Mae Watkins—of the “Edison, Mississippi, fried chicken royalty”—is incensed when her dead daddy’s former business partner, Big Doodle Dayton, accuses her dad of being the mastermind behind a drug ring at the local Chicken Palace fried chicken joint. Lucinda jumps on the train with her best friend Erick, determined to confront Big Doodle at the Chicken Palace convention in Chicago. Thrilled to be out of Mississippi for only the second time in her life, she’s enjoying her trip—particularly good-looking Augie Green who she meets on the train—until she discovers her own words might have indicted her dad.

Ellen Morris Prewitt’s debut novel TRACKING HAPPINESS: A SOUTHERN CHICKEN ADVENTURE is the exuberant story of a young woman’s cross-country journey to exonerate her dad from an exploding drug scandal, while hopefully figuring out the secret to happiness along the way. Join Lucinda on the wildest—if slightly ribald—adventure of her life.


“Ellen’s incredible imagination, keen wit, perceptive knowing, and spoofy style is reminiscent of John Kennedy Toole’s ‘The Confederacy of Dunces,’ as she captures the delightful craziness of small-town Mississippi life.”

“Tracking Happiness: A Southern Chicken Adventure is an uproariously funny and refreshingly different look into life in the modern South and beyond.”

“Author Ellen Morris Prewitt, a Jackson, Mississippi native, utilizes her unerring eye for the real south to bring to life a story that truly entertains the reader with a quirky hilarity that defies description.”

“Ellen Prewitt shares Lucinda Mae’s cross-country, coming-of-age journey that paints not only a picture of the New South but defines the greatness of the human spirit.”

“The book is beautifully written, with phraseology reminiscent of Gregory Maguire’s writing In ‘Wicked.’ This is a fun story that you will love.”

“Honestly, this book is a hoot.”

“It’s worth the ride!”

Copyright 2018 Ellen Morris Prewitt. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof. For permissions, contact the author. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, places or persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.

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