A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past in the new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief. Watch Hannah Tinti’s presentation at our Open Book Event below.
Loo is twelve when she moves back to the New England fishing village of her early youth. Her father, Hawley, finds work on the docks, while she undergoes the usual heartaches of a new kid in school. But lurking over Loo are mysteries, both of the mother who passed away, of the grandmother she’s forbidden to speak to. And hurtling towards both father and daughter are the ghosts of Hawley’s past. Before Loo’s birth, he was a professional criminal engaged in increasingly elaborate and dangerous underworld schemes. Life on the road was harsh—Samuel Hawley took twelve bullets in his brutal career. The scars have healed, but there is a reckoning still to come. This is a novel about what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.