From Carnegie Medal-winning author Sarah Crossan comes a poignant novel about one of the most divisive issues of our time.
Although Joe and Ed are brothers, they’re essentially strangers. For the past ten years, seventeen-year-old Joe's older brother Ed has been on death row in Texas. But now his execution date is near, and Joe must finally visit him so they can spend Ed’s last weeks together. But how will Joe comfort Ed, a brother he barely knows? And how will he let go of the terrifying feeling that the capacity to commit a crime like Ed’s might be within him too? It is only when Joe meets a young waitress named Nell that he realizes there can be light in life, even when surrounded by darkness.
Written in breathtaking verse, acclaimed author Sarah Crossan crafts an unforgettable story that explores life, death, love, and forgiveness.
Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.
She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
She currently lives in NYC.