A guy whose father ripped his heart out too.
You and me, Ishmael, we’re brothers, two dark sons.
Destroyed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys–modern-day Sam, and biblical Ishmael–unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.
“Grimes’s commanding metaphors (“Look at you, mother, / trembling, / a bowshot away, / your tears/ the only water/ for miles,” says the exiled Ishmael), authoritative style, and complex characterizations are uniquely compelling.” —Publisher’s Weekly starred review
“The simple words eloquently reveal what it’s like to miss someone … but even more moving is the struggle to forgive and the affection each boy feels for the baby that displaces him. The elemental connections and the hope … will speak to a wide audience.” —Booklist starred review