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About the Author

Ed Tarkingtonreceived a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. A frequent contributor toChapter16.org, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in "Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Post Road, "the" Pittsburgh Quarterly, "the "Southeast Review, "and elsewhere. A native of Central Virginia, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


"Love can make people do terrible things." Welcome to Spencerville, Virginia, 1977. Eight-year-old Rocky worships his older brother, Paul. Sixteen and full of rebel cool, Paul spends his days cruising in his Chevy Nova blasting Neil Young, cigarette dangling from his lips, arm slung around his beautiful, troubled girlfriend. Paul is happy to have his younger brother as his sidekick. Then one day, in an act of vengeance against their father, Paul picks up Rocky from school and nearly abandons him in the woods. Afterward, Paul disappears. Seven years later, Rocky is a teenager himself. He hasn t forgotten being abandoned by his boyhood hero, but he's getting over it, with the help of the wealthy neighbors daughter, ten years his senior, who has taken him as her lover. Unbeknownst to both of them, their affair will set in motion a course of events that rains catastrophe on both their families. After a mysterious double murder brings terror and suspicion to their small town, Rocky and his family must reckon with the past and find out how much forgiveness their hearts can hold.

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ISBN: 9781616203825
Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2016