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Having caused the death of a young neighbor years earlier, Tobia Caldwell, the last in a line of proud and declining Southern aristocrats, struggles with his guilty secret when he falls in love with the victim's sister, Merritt. A first novel. Reprint.
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Scott Elliott is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Whitman College.From Booklist:
Tobias Caldwell lives in a world balanced by the scales of grandeur and decay. The southern plantation he calls home has been the pride of the Caldwells since their settling there in the nineteenth century. As a boy, Tobias knew every crevice of the landscape, but he favored the creek to be his very own. By the time Tobias reached the age of seven, his father had begun to parcel off the land to new housing subdivisions, and the magical creek no longer belonged to Tobias alone. Soon they had neighbors, and Tobias was dispatched to meet a boy who was just his age. What Tobias encountered was an unruly, mean-spirited boy named Ben Wilson and his twin sister, Merritt. Ben's relentless cruelty brings malice into Tobias' good-natured heart, and he leads Ben to the creek, where the tree roots snarl and the cottonmouth snake coils itself for camouflage. Elliot's debut builds a magnetic love story between Tobias and Merritt that is heady with yearning and laden with guilt for the truths left untold. Elsa Gaztambide
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Book Description BlueHen, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0425197018
Book Description BlueHen, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0425197018