Intrigued by an aloof, abstracted classmate, Rebecca passes him a note inquiring, ``Anybody home?'' Her persistence is rewarded with tentative friendship and the gradual unveiling of the painful inner life of ``O.Z.'' Gifted and privileged, O.Z. can't bear his parents' relentless focus on his achievements, their plans for his future, or their thoughtless condescension to his nice older brother Reuben (an engineering student at UNC), whom he surpasses at every turn.
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