Chicken House, Hardcover, 9780545060905, 250pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Dawn Bundy lives in a cave. In her head. Where's she's been hiding for two years. Hiding behind headphones. From the two hottest girls at school, in their impossibly short skirts and unbearably tight tops, their skin close enough to touch. Not talking to her mother, not about what matters. Not thinking of her dad, the drug addict, the ex-con, born-again but far gone. Two years is a long time. Enough for the cave to grow so small that her breath feels like stone in her throat. Two years is no time at all. Nowhere near enough to forget. To pretend that nothing happened. Deep one perfect morning.
Irreverent, edgy, laced with dark humor – and punctuated by Jesus and Mary Chain song lyrics — DAWN pulls no punches. A provocative dissection of family, friendship, and faith by the acclaimed Kevin Brooks.
“Complex questions of forgiveness and loss of faith, related in a spare, scattered voice…[with] a brilliantly realized, wrenching confrontation at the climax.”—Horn Book
"Brooks delivers a tense psychological thriller...hard-hitting."--Publishers Weekly
"[with] a gut-wrenching conclusion sure to shock readers...compelling."--Kirkus Reviews