I found this book buried on a shelf behind some others, and am so glad I picked it up to read.
Protagonist Cory Mackenson is a 12-year-old boy in a small Alabama down during the days before desegregation. McCammon writes about Cory's experiences watching his father lose his job as a milkman, people of color being abused or murdered, and boyhood games of baseball. The perceptions of a young boy observing the changes in the United States during the 1950s are poignant and well-developed.
This is one of the best coming-of-age novels I have ever read. What a treasure to find lurking in my own home.