Megan Kruse's debut novel is a powerful, deeply moving story of a family caught in domestic violence. Kruse limns all her characters in with a profound loving intensity. I read this book torn between the beauty of the writing and a deep dread of what would happen to each of the members of this scarred family. Her portraits of the son, haltingly coming to terms with his sexuality, the daughter trying to find a way to the light and the mother torn with trying to protect her children and holding her family intact. This is a book to treasure and I can't wait for her next.