PRAISE FOR TAWNI O'DELL 'Rich, compassionate story-telling...'
'It's a pleasure to see such a gifted, ambitious writer reinvigorating the tradition of social conscience combined with personal passion that has illuminated some of the finest, most moving works in American literature'
'Tense, conflicted and involving, O'Dell's novel deftly captures the voice of a teenage boy who's in trouble and facing profound challenges...'
'O'Dell has tackled the real stuff of stories, and she's done it with compassion and a unique voice'
'O'Dell's storytelling has natural flair'
'In the finest tradition of Faulkner and Caldwell'
'A tough, outstanding novel...'