Quirky, magical, and wholly compelling, Holman’s novel tells the story of a young boy growing up in Depression-era rural Virginia in the throes of Appalachian poverty. Raised with the rumors of his mother’s mysterious ways, Eddie Alley is used to life being slightly askew, but when a car accident leads to an impromptu visit from a city writer and photographer, Eddie’s whole world changes. Suddenly Eddie’s view of small town life is shattered and thrown, as he is given an unexpected and expansive look into a different future but not without consequences. Holman interweaves folklore and ghost stories and spins them into this multi-generational tale that talks to loyalty, betrayal, redemption and the way that we cannot run away from who we truly are. There is a deep mystical vein of magic and love that run at the core of this novel that sit with me still.