The parents of Andrew, Appachey and Harley "are veterans of a rural war of attrition, from Andrew’s heavily medicated mother to Appachey’s, a mountain of a woman who delivers a heartbreakingly tough soliloquy," Rapold writes. "They are at the cusp of adolescence, starting to push back at low-rent surroundings, but still childlike. Harley trudges around, keeping up a running quirky commentary about his temper or his beloved mom, who’s in prison for tragic reasons that emerge later. Andrew is mysteriously beatific, the son of a free spirit who covers Hank Williams songs and keeps moving the family around. Less clearly drawn, Appachey has an abiding rage but, in sixth grade, none of its dignity."
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