author: E. M. Kokie
Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like heís been sleepwalking through life -- failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dadís lectures about following in his brotherís footsteps. T.J.ís gone, but Matt canít shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brotherís stuff from Iraq, heíd be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.ís death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.ís life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brotherís memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel.
After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.