The word for this haunting novel is “interior.” Most of the action in the slowly-plotted narrative occurs indoors, and the book’s gravity rests in the characters’ interiority. Four young men—college classmates of various ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations—remain bound in friendship over several decades. At the center: the unforgettable Jude, brilliant, strange and tortured. The depth of the abuse he experienced in childhood is slowly disclosed as the novel progresses, as is his desperate struggle to survive—and not be defined by—that hideous past. This book will remain with you—inside—for a very long time.
–Peter, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA