Set in rural Illinois this novella starts with the murder of a tenant farmer Lloyd Wilson by his neighbour Clarence Smith and the subsequent suicide of Clarence. The story then unfolds through the eyes of the various protagonists telling their own stories as to how the dreadful events came about. The main character was a teenage boy at the time and the story is also about how he tries to terms with a silence that fell between him and the shattered murderer's son. A story about childhood, farming life, infidelity in a small town and the trauma of a murder. It brilliantly portrays the events of small town life and the childhood of the narrator.
This report prepared by John Marcel