Publisher's presentation: meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern, Rosemaryâ€™s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fernâ€™s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined. Pen/Faulkner Award.