Jaggedly beautiful and intensely realised, tightly plotted yet expansive, this debut novel is the coming-of-age of a striking new voice in American fiction. This is a taut and gripping family drama, in which horrifying secrets kept between father and daughter, and mother and son, explode during one tragic night. Set over the course of two summers, it is a novel of revenge and the difficulty of repentance and forgiveness.
“JT Savage has taken refuge in a new york tenament, a chronic insomniac, labouring to his physical limits. He’s hiding from his family, hiding from himself. In his wake lies the ghost of a seemingly typical suburban childhold, corroded by family secrets and torn apart by tragedy. Prete’s portrayal of an adolescent inexorably scarred by secrets and lies, revenge and its consequences is beautifully done.”
August and Then Some
2 February 2012