Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life.
Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.
Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his so-called “family.”
Until he learns by accident that he isn’t as alone in the world as he thought. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington, D.C.
In “The Photo Traveler” by Arthur Gonzalez, Gavin travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents. But then he learns that they — and he — are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined.
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On the website for “The Photo Traveler,” Arthur Gonzalez reveals the backstory:
How did you come up with the idea for the Photo Traveler?
The grandmother to one of the most special people in my life had passed away. He was looking at an old black and white photo from his grandmother in Havana, Cuba when she was a little girl. He looked at the picture and whispered, “I would give anything to transport to this photo right now.”
From that moment my crazy mind spiraled in every direction. I asked, “Wow. What if we could time travel through photos?” I started wondering what a life would be like if we could relive memories or visit old places, by going back to them. And from there, The Photo Traveler was born.
Is your debut novel dedicated to anyone in particular?
Absolutely. This is dedicated to my father, my Pops. Who passed away by surprise, of a heart attack, 5 years ago at the age of 48 years old. I miss him and I love him. This is for him. Because of him, I have been given the power, the confidence, and the drive to complete this. I love you Pops.