Michael and Francis, brothers living in a community that is not well-off, on the outskirts of town, are the sons of an absent father and a other who has to overwork so that they can survive, are struggling. They get in trouble, lots.
They throw parties, play loud music, escape into the valley, pass out and start again. It's hard when you're up against prejudice from police and the rest of the town. Tragedy strikes, I don't want to spoil it, but life was never going to be easy here.
This is a beautifully written and constructed novel. It's hard to believe that so much can be said in so few pages. The characters are unforgettable and their relationships leap off the pages and into your neighbourhoods. It's vivid, emotional and a powerful story.
I was sad to finish this, and will look out for more from this author.
You may also enjoy Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff or The Long Song by Andrea Levy
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