One summer night Alex Pappas unwittingly gets into a car with two other white teenagers who drive into a poor black
neighborhood. For fun they toss a cherry pie at some black teenagers and taunt them. In a short time the driver is
dead, Alex is severely beaten and six lives are altered forever.
The author handles this situation deftly. The reader is fast forwarded to a time when these same teenagers are
middle aged. Alexís young son has been killed in Iraq, and he meets one of black teenagers at Walter Reed Medical
Center. Again the reader meets basically the same characters, but at this time some of the characters are trying to
come to terms with "the incident." However, at least one character is trying to take advantage of the situation to
cover up for his bad choices in life.
The novel has a strong sense of family, especially between fathers and sons. The situation between fathers and
sons is strong but loving. Despite the tragic nature of the novel, the families seem to be well grounded.
The listener (in this case the audio version) is held in suspense as part of the cast tries to come to term with
the consequences of the tragic incident while others want to exacerbate the situation and profit personally
The novel takes us from the rock and roll days of the 1970ís to the modern day Walter Reed Medical Center which
has come under attack for its lack of caring for the veterans. The authors depicts both eras in a graphic and
Dion Graham does an excellent job in reading the novel especially when one considers the large number of
characters involved in the plot. This is a very easy book to listen to. The suspense will keep the listener glued
to the reading of the text.