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After tragedy at the White Camellia Orphanage, young Pip Tatnall leaves Lexsy, Georgia, to become a road kid, riding the rails east, west, and north. A bright, unusual boy who is disillusioned at a young age, Pip believes that he sees guilt shining in the faces of men wherever he goes. On his picaresque journey, he sweeps through society, revealing the highest and lowest in human nature and only slowly coming to self-understanding. He searches the points of the compass for what will help, groping for a place where he can feel content, certain that he has no place where he belongs and that he rides the rails through a great darkness. His difficult path to collect enough radiance to light his way home is the road of a boy struggling to come to terms with the cruel but sometimes lovely world of Depression-era America. This book is the Inaugural Winner of the Ferrol Sams Award in Fiction.
Marly Youmans is the author of several novels: Little Jordan; Catherwood; The Wolf Pit; and Val/Orson. In addition, she has published two Appalachian fantasies for young adults, The Curse of the Raven Mocker and Ingledove. Her poetry collections are: Thaliad, The Throne of Psyche, and Claire.