by Marisa Silver
A touching coming of age story about a boy burdened with the responsibility of caring for his mentally handicapped younger brother while trying to feel out his own identity and loyalties. Worse than the actual day-to-day responsibility is the guilt of knowing he is responsible for his brother's condition. The setting -- a trailer town on the edge of the Salton Sea -- is unique and disconcerting. This is a book about discovery, liberation and soul-searching. The characters are immediate and so real you could touch them.