From a rising Native American writer comes a haunting and
unforgettable novel about love, loss, race, and desire in World War II–era
On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn
returns to his family’s rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he
joins the war as a bombardier headed for the darkened skies over Europe.
Awaiting him at the Pines are those he’s about to leave behind: his hovering
mother, the distant father to whom he’s been a disappointment, the Indian
caretaker who’s been more of a father to him than his own, and Billy, the
childhood friend who over the years has become something much more intimate.
But before the homecoming can be celebrated, the search for a German soldier who has escaped from the POW camp across the river explodes in a shocking act of
violence, with consequences that will reverberate years into the future for all
of them and that will shape how each of them makes sense of their lives.
Treuer delivers his most ambitious and captivating novel yet. Powerful and
wholly original, it’s a story of desire and loss and the search for connection
in a riven world; of race and class in a supposedly more innocent era. Most
profoundly, it’s about the secrets we choose to keep, the ones we can’t help
but tell, and who—and how—we’re allowed to love. Download and start listening now!