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The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
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Aug 19, 2010

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Life doesn't always go the way you think it will. As a baby, Medford Runyuin (pronounced run-you-in) washed ashore on The Island, a mostly self-isolated community which holds to the old ways as described in a book written in the late-1600's. Although the story is set in modern day, the Islanders live in a community which eschews technology and ornamentation of any sort. Once an adult (age 14) each person's last name is changed to reflect his/her job which defines his/her usefulness in the community--Tailor, Carver, Fisher, etc. Medford, an orphan, was raised by the Carver family but the town doesn't accept him as one of them since his last name doesn't reflect any usefulness. Medford has learned to carve useful objects but he also has a secret which shows he has committed the most heinous of transgressions against Island practices. Enter the Goatman, half goat and half man. Medford's secret gets out, things get very complicated, and the whole town adjusts its thinking about much of their history and lifestyle.

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