If there is one book designed for book groups to read, this one is it. It begs discussion and curiosity. Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, we are introduced to “the Kid”, a young man who is trying to create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. After doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders. Banks’ talent as a writer is evident as he eases us into the narrative slowly and deftly, breaking down the story so that his characters become human and real. I want to suggest that Banks has created something brave and thorough in this book—he has created a new moral compass of sorts, one that is deserving and crucial. It is not easy, but ultimately this book is about empathy and hope, and it takes a brave writer, and a willing reader, to look at something head on. What a read.