Kerr (Linger, 1993, etc.), who also writes as Mary James (see Frankenlouse, above), tells the story of a 15-year-old Missouri farm boy and his lesbian older sister. This is a complex and benevolent look at how choices affect a family and community. Parr Burrman, who narrates, doesn't want to be a farmer; he wants to go to college, perhaps move to a city. 18-year-old Evie, however, seems perfectly content on their parents' farm. She is different in another way. Tough, rough, and aggressively unfeminine, she is the bane of her pretty little mother's life and a joy to her gruff farmer father -- until she begins an affair with the daughter of the town banker, Patsy Duff, who is home from boarding school for Halloween weekend. Parr's father, an unsophisticated man, is confused by Evie's affair and fearful of losing his bank loan. Parr is afraid he will have to stay on the farm when Evie and Patsy move together to New York City. The family rises to the challenge, however, and Parr learns that he too is free to make choices. Evie is both convincing and sympathetic. Sensitive, compelling.