Tina Jordan
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The God of War

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Marisa Silver
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

The life of a boy named Ares changes forever the instant his baby brother, Malcolm, squirms out of his arms: ”He went down like a medicine ball. I heard the thud of his head hit the concrete…” Their mom, Laurel, is a free spirit raising her sons in the California desert in a ramshackle trailer crammed with books, plants, bits of bleached bone, and other curiosities. By the time Malcolm turns 6, there’s no ignoring his neurological problems. Laurel reluctantly seeks help, and Ares, full of anger and guilt, begins acting out.Marisa Silver’s The God of War is a devastating family drama, played out against the desert sands. A-

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