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Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell
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Aug 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2011
Read from August 19 to 22, 2011

When their hard-drinking, but loving, father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys’ story. Candace Jack doesn’t have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer them a home.
Kyle, the more outgoing of the two, settles in and begins to enjoy his new living arrangements and getting to know Candace. Klint, on the other hand, is completely withdrawn and spends all of his time playing baseball, working and visiting their old house. Nothing can bring him out of his depression. The cause of Klint’s grief and anxiety is revealed in a dramatic and surprising conclusion that shows the lengths that people will go to when someone they love is in danger.
This was a quick, enjoyable story that tugs at your heart strings. I really loved Candace Jack and Kyle. We hear the story from both of them, as well as from Luis, Candace's Spanish butler. A bullfighting story is also added to the mix.


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