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An impeccably rendered depiction of the strains of adolescence.
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is both a study of a milieu that we rarely encounter in fiction — a devoutly religious refinery town on the Texas coast — and an impeccably rendered depiction of the strains of adolescence and the complications of family and friendship.
The novel opens with a gruesome discovery that becomes an overnight scandal. As local police and politicians contend with increasing ...