In rural Illinois two tenant farmers share much, finally too much, until jealously leads to murder and suicide.
A tenuous friendship between lonely teenagers - the narrator, whose mother has died young, and Cletus Smith, the troubled witness to his parent's misery - is shattered.
After the murder and upheavals that follow, the boys never speak again.
Fifty years on, the narrator attempts a reconstruction of those devastating events and the atonement of a lifetime's regret.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/07/2012
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099560937