A National Book Award finalist for City Boy, Thompson continues to deliver category-defying work. Having survived a high school shootout, Linnea has been sent to live with her estranged father, whose neighbor Christie, a nurse, is charged with tending a charity organization funded by a dotty patient. Literary/commercial appeal.

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father, Art, who doesn't quite understand how he has suddenly become responsible for raising a sullen adolescent girl. Bound to be the next Big American Novel, it is a multi-faceted ensemble drama.