Mr. Franklin has a thorough knowlege of the rural, post integration south. Having said that, his characters make David Copperfield seem like privileged youth. He has drawn my compassion quota almost over the top. I believe the basis of the book is abuse of children of both races and its consequences. John Wayne Gacey is both the name of a character's dog and, a glimpse of the depravity that can grow in a neglected and abused young person. This is not a novel for the sensitive.
The two main characters of this book will haunt me which is I suspect, the mark of a good author.
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