The small town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, in 1987 is the
setting for Joyce Maynard’s gentle and quietly moving
coming-of-age novel. In it, she tells the affecting tale of three
damaged people who come together to form an unlikely family.
Hours after an appendectomy, convict Frank Chambers leaps from
the second floor of a prison hospital and makes his escape. In
front of the magazine rack at the local Pricemart, the bleeding man
encounters 13-year-old Henry Johnson, the story’s narrator.
Improbably, Henry’s mother Adele agrees to take Frank home, a
decision that launches the three of them into a complex
relationship that will change th