Sons of Liberty
A revolution is a complicated thing, Rock Kindle knows -- especially when it happens in your own family. Rock wants to be loyal to his father, whose "life lessons" are often harsh, sometimes cruel. And he tries to be loyal to his mother, who retreats from the world more and more every day, whose weakness leaves Rock torn between anger and pity for her. So he's suspicious of his older brother, Cliff's, dark hints at escaping, rebelling against their father's tyranny. Why does Cliff need to start a revolution? Why can't they all just stay together as family?
But when their friend, Liza, escapes from her own troubled situation, and as tensions escalate at home, Rock finds himself forced to take sides. He must sort out for himself whether he is a patriot -- or a traitor.
With unforgettable, sharply drawn characters and a taut, dramatic narrative, Adele Griffin's third novel draws us into the complexity of family relationships, offering no easy answers -- only hope.
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They were a young family, rough and blunt with their language, lots of times
spicing it up with curse words. One of the first times Rock and Cliff went over to
Liza's house, they saw Arlene nursing Trev on the porch. Her turtleneck was
That day, he and Rock had been hanging out at the Mobleys', working at the
table in the front room. Earlier, Arlene had made homemade Play- Doh for Trev,
dyeing it red and yellow and blue with food coloring, but then Trev went down for
She bent and swept Trev up her arms, then turned, tripping over gravel as she
began clumsily jogging back to the red cottage, the blanket and picture books
abandoned on the well like the remains of a picnic in a rainstorm. Timmy and
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MartyAllen - LibraryThing
There is nothing particularly special about this book. The characters are likeable and relatable, but the story itself is slow to develop, too slow for most readers. The author information at the end ... Read full review
SONS OF LIBERTYUser Review - Kirkus
A knot-in-the-stomach of a good book, as true and real as any this year: Griffin (Split Just Right, p. 555, etc.), in her disturbing portraits of adults as authoritative, abusive, and ineffectual ... Read full review
Chapter One THE JUWAG
ChapterTwo OJJTOAi AND DIME
ChapterThree IIMHQ PROTEjTEM
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