This book is narrated by Dell, a fifteen-year-old boy who is looking forward to starting out at a new school and learning to play chess. He is a reader, has an inquisitive mind and is excited about life. However, before he can really get started to be who he is going to be, his parents, who are in debt, decide to rob a bank, which changes everything for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. The dark place that he finds himself in is lit only by his faith and innocence. It is impossible not to like Dell and to hope all the way through that he will be okay. Richard Ford’s writing is brilliant in its succinct style, creating an honestly told story and a character you won’t soon forget.
Jennifer (Staff) (Clemens Mill Library)
Richard' Ford's first novel in 6 years tells the tale of Dell Parsons as his life is irrevocably changed by adult (malice is too overstated) stupidity. What follows is a riveting and well written story of Dell's life before and after the life changing event,and the impact on his twin sister Berner. One of the best novels of 2012, to be sure.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)