The Orphans of Race Point

The Orphans of Race Point

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*Starred Review* Gus Silva is just nine years old when his mother is killed by Gus' abusive father, marking the boy forever and leaving him desolate with grief and inexpressible guilt. Only the assistance of classmate Hallie Costa, daughter of widower Dr. Nick, pulls Gus from depression. Years later, after star football player Gus has become known as "Voodoo" for his winning charm, he and Hallie finally yield to what seems a lifelong love, until an incident at a beach party after the senior prom leaves Hallie seriously injured and causes Gus to join the priesthood. But even Father Gus can't shake a reputation for violence, leading to his wrongful conviction for murdering Ava Cilento, an abused woman who sought Gus' counsel to protect her young daughter, then accused him of assault when she ended their alleged affair. As this epic spans decades, the third-person narration yields to the first-person account of teenager Mila Cilento, Ava's daughter, who uncovers the truth of what happened years earlier. By the author of The Liar's Diary (2007), this beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and most of all love. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews

Released by Perennial on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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