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Trey Burnes grew up above a funeral home run by his strange and sometimes frightening parents. Now 17, he’s locked up on an adolescent psychiatric ward, where he tries to remember an often traumatic past—including, perhaps, an attempt on his life.As Trey relives his shadowed childhood, lit by moments of love and grace, he struggles to come to terms with the past and imagine how—whether—he can return to the world.

About the Author

Paul Cody graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and earned an M.F.A. from Cornell University. He has worked as a housepainter, child care worker, teacher, editor and journalist. He has five published novels and a memoir. His work has appeared in various periodicals, including Harper’s, Story, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Cornell Magazine. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ithaca, New York.