318 pages ; 22 cm
For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis--a character of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity--set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. ... But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran's mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son's life."--Dust jacket.