After his older
brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about
strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.
Ever since his brother, T. J., was killed in Iraq,
Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life—failing classes, getting
into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s
footsteps. T .J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he
could get his hands on his brother’s stuff from Iraq, he’d be able to make
sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T. J.’s death,
he faces a shocking revelation about T. J.’s life that suggests he may not
have known T. J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to
stand up to his father, honor his brother’s memory, and take charge of his own
With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice,
E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative
first novel. Download and start listening now!