Winner of the 2011 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction
"One of the Top Ten Books of 2011" About.com
"One of the Best Mystery Novels of 2011" The Wall Street Journal
Jack Witcher is a 12-year-old boy genius living in a Virginia suburb at an address the entire neighborhood avoids. It is 1967. Jack’s father has lost his job – again. Jack’s mother is sweet but painfully ugly. His brother is a long-haired, pot smoking hippie. If all of this isn’t bad enough, Jack’s older brother suddenly becomes the main suspect in the disappearance of the town’s golden boy. And to make matters even worse, Jack is in love with the missing boy’s sister, Myra. Jack’s only friend is Mr. Gladstein, the town jeweler and solitary Jew. Together, they scheme to win Myra’s love. But to do that, Jack must first overcome the prejudices, both the town’s and his own, about himself and his family.
Amy Einhorn Books, October 2011