Arthur Parkinson is 14 during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents' divorce. His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former babysitter. Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man's unraveling family and the circumstances leading up to Annie's death form the backdrop for an intimate tale of the price of love and belonging, told in a spare, translucent, and unexpectedly tender voice.More
"O'Nan is a skilled writer....The novel's elegiac tone is perfectly controlled, and angst and the lingo of male adolescence are rendered with wry fidelity." (Publishers Weekly)
"O'Nan weaves together....seemingly disparate small-town tragedies...with consummate skill, seamlessly shifting the focus among characters he wishes to make the reader care about." (Library Journal)
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