The Best People in the World
A lyrical coming-of-age story from a brilliant new voice in American fiction. Thomas, a seventeen year old with the face of an angel, is living with ... Show synopsis A lyrical coming-of-age story from a brilliant new voice in American fiction. Thomas, a seventeen year old with the face of an angel, is living with his parents in a house that has begun to feel crowded; Alice, his high-school teacher and first love, is getting calls from her violent ex-husband; and Shiloh, a survivor of a life lived on the fringes, has seen his shack swept away by the mighty Ohio. They run away together - in pursuit of an ideal that none of them are quite able to define - finding shelter in an abandoned farmhouse in the hills of Vermont. But as the light off the lake turns grey and the leaves go brittle, outside forces gather. The sharp knives of dependency and deprivation begin to flash, and as the inevitable tragedy of intimacy unfolds, Thomas begins to see this time - when he was with 'the best people in the world' - come to an end. A journey, a coming of age, a novel of our need to hold onto meaning in whatever form it may take, "The Best People in the World" is a masterful illumination of a moment when everything was perfect and the realization that nothing gold can stay.