The descriptive and narrative power in this book is what hooked me. Rural Mississippi, two boys, one black, one white will become entangled in each others lives for years to come. The amazing thing to me is I kept thinking that Silas, who is black grows up respected, very unusual in the south during this time, while Dave, who is white is treated as the towns albatross. Die to a missing girl years back and a missing girl in the present. Very strange mixture of characterizations and yet Franklin pulls it off.
Very gritty, hard scribbled people and I couldn't help, wonder why Dave stayed in this town, though his mother is ill but it was almost as a sort penance. Secrets are revealed, though one is easy to guess, and I loved the life goes on ending, with maybe just an few changes.