A boy triumphs over his abusive environment in this raw and gripping story from National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch. Davey's had to grow up fast in order to get away--away from his beautiful mother, who loves him but can't take care of him; away from his charismatic but reckless father, who loves him too, but can't commit; and away from the people who look at him strangely because he's t like them. The only constant in his life has been his sister, Joanne. She's fed him, protected him, and taken care of him ever since she was seven and he was two. Now Jo, still a teenager, has a baby herself, and it's Davey's turn to take care of someone, to offer love like he's never kwn before. National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch describes in unflinching detail a squalid, urban scene in this meticulously crafted vel with evocative and lyrical prose (Publishers Weekly).