At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at the decaying mansion in Skully’s Landing, his father is nowhere in sight. What he finds instead is a sullen stepmother who delights in killing birds; an uncle with the face—and heart—of a debauched child; and a fearsome little girl named Idabel who may offer him the closest thing he has ever known to love.
About: A boy matures from childhood to adulthood amidst the odd characters who live in Skully's Landing, as he deals with his yearning for an absent father, the fear of abandonment, loneliness, and his desire to be loved.
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