A powerful debut novel about a month in the life of one American family as they struggle to pull together and break apart in Salt Lake City, Utah
After a gang of neighborhood boys attack Steven and his sister Jenny and dislocate Steven’s shoulder, the Parkers live well on the resulting settlement money. Their dream of success seem fulfilled. But their period of high living soon ends, and each family member grasps at what they want most. Jenny, the 14 year-old baby of the family,longs for normalcy, a state she tries to achieve in herMormon friends’ religion and life. A stubborn optimist, Steven’s father clings to his hopes of success even as his more practical wife tires of his dreams and longs forstability. For Steven, nothing is more important thankeeping his teetering family together.