Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore
Childhood and Murder in the Heart of America
By Ron Powers
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312262402, 336pp.)
Publication Date: October 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Ron Powers' hometown is Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain, and therefore birthplace of our image of boyhood itself. Powers returns to Hannibal to chronicle the horrific story of two killings, both committed by minors, and the trials that followed. Seamlessly weaving the narrative of the events in Hannibal with the national withering of the very concept of childhood, Powers exposes a fragmented adult society where children are left adrift, transforming isolation into violence.
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore is a powerful, disturbing, and eye-opening dispatch from the homefront that will take its place alongside the works of Antony Lucas, Robert Coles, and Tracy Kidder.
Ron Powers is the co-writer of The New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Father and the author of eight books, including Dangerous Water, a biography of young Samuel Clemens. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, he lives in Middlebury, Vermont.