• Annie Silverstein gracefully carves such honesty and heartbreak from her characters and her worlds.

    Kat Candler (Hellion, Black Metal)


    Raised by a single mother on an isolated subdivision in rural Texas, fourteen-year-old Leila's deepest connection is with her pack of rescued dogs. On a hot summer morning she wakes to find that her beloved pit bull Bubba has eviscerated a skunk. Leila heads to a nearby swimming hole to bathe him and meets Marco, a neighborhood boy with a chip on his shoulder. Charmed by his attention, Leila lets Marco into her world. But after a tense sexual encounter things spin out of control and Leila is forced to protect what she loves most at the cost of her own innocence.