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When four-year-old Bo is orphaned in the car accident that kills his mother, he becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle and flees into himself — away from the sea of strangers — where he inhabits an eerie inner landscape.

The world of “make believe” into which we are drawn in this remarkable novel — hailed for both its lyrical prose and its profound dramatic and emotional intensity — is the world of four-year-old Bo, cast adrift in a sea of strangers as he becomes the focus of a fierce custody battle between two sets of grandparents, one black and one white.

“This is a compelling story that will leave readers haunted by Scott’s powerful moral vision.”-Publishers’ Weekly

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"Joanna Scott is the absolute cream of our generation."
David Foster Wallace
"Gripping . . . Scott keeps the narrative tension high throughout."
Starr E. Smith, Library Journal
"A risk-taking book . . . Scott just keeps getting better."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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