The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family 's maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account --wealth they 've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. "Because we want them to thrive, " Marla always says. What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby 's drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a double-wide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest. As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings ' precious suburban respectability begins to spread, the far-flung grandchildren gradually find their ways back to one another, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.
ISBN: 9781101994917 Format: Print Book Edition: Hardcover edition Publisher: Dutton Page Count: 400 Genre: Fic