Once again, Coyle (after her fine debut novel, The Kneeling Bus, 1990) plumbs the past—this time within the brittle, corrosive psyche of a 91-year-old Floridian native—to uncover a lifelong secret shame whose racist core is crazily mirrored in a present-day setting of joggers' trim front lawns and smug tolerances. ``Who could have thought the sight of one black kid might ease the conscience of a man living in the past....?'' Ancient Tom Glover—living in his old home with gentle daughter Lois and her husband, Paul, an Alzheimer's patient—was raised by his harsh, proud father to ``boss men and shame the women.'' Now, Glover becomes crafty, scheming as he watches young boys, all from affluent, educated families, fish in the lake.
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