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Man Up

Man Up is a novel based on the true story of a young man who learns the hard lessons of fathering children without being equipped to care for them.

Throughout this coming-of-age story, the main character remains nameless (because He could be any man in the same situation).

After conflicts arise with the mothers of his first three children, he leaves without remorse, forcing them to fend for themselves.

As the story progresses and He matures, He meets Britney and falls in love for the first time in his life. They work hard to build a life together, and along the way have two daughters. He couldn't be happier. He finally has the life and family he has always dreamed of. However that happiness is fleeting. Suddenly Britney flips the script and leaves. Now he's the one left with the kids!

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Man Up is a gritty tale that will have you laughing, crying and rooting for the single father to succeed in raising his girls - and becoming a better man.

About The Author
Chicago native Darail Drake, who is currently a firefighter and father of seven, was raised in the tough neighborhood of Englewood. Darail was determined not to let his past determine his future. He overcame several obstacles including being abandoned by his father and becoming a teenage dad. With drive and determination, Darail entered the Chicago Police Department. After 11 years of working on the force, he switched gears and joined the Chicago Fire Department. Still fighting fires and saving lives, Drake is hard at work on his second novel, another story of inspiration and determination.

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