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    Terrific drama!

    What a terrific western novel! This is a very fast read, not because it is less than 200 pages, but because the flow is excellent! The writing is very simple and direct. Although the topic (sexual abuse) is not an easy one, I thought that the story was very engaging and well developed. I love when a book captivates me in a way that makes me totally oblivious of time and space. This was the author’s first novel, originally published in 1993, and only yesterday I heard about it. It was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize (works of high literary quality that embody humane values and contribute to cultural understanding). I still don’t know what kind of public the author was trying to reach. I thought that I was reading a YA fiction but I don’t know if the adult content would be appropriated to young readers (well, there is nothing shocking but some kid may get the wrong impression that carrying a gun is a good idea for stress relief). The story is not told through the eyes of a boy, as most of the readers seems to think, but by a man remembering those horrible events that took place when he was 12 years old and that was devastating to his family and town. I really did not want to put this book down. I had to finish it during my lunch break. I wasn’t very happy with the ending but I did accept it. But I really wished this book was longer.
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