“I’ve never gotten such a sense of place from a collection of stories that so spans the nation. Kealey’s characters are survivors, orphans spiritual and legal, living in an America where real joy and real struggle share an unmended fence with the realm of myth. This is a book of transit and transition, drives and conversations, wilderness and outskirts, all of it rendered with gorgeous humanity—and with such adroitness the sudden power of each conclusion takes the breath right out of me.”
—Scott Hutchins, author of A Working Theory of Love
In these wondrously strange and revealing stories, Tom Kealey chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the young and marginalized as they discover many ways of growing up.
Their names are Merrill, Omar, Shelby, Laika, Winston, and Toomey, but most people don’t see them. They are boxers in training and the children of fishermen. They are altar boys in a poverty-stricken parish. They are assistant groundskeepers and assistant camel-keepers. They travel with the circus, care for disabled siblings, steal police cars, and retrieve the stolen boots of a priest. Ranging in abode from Puget Sound, Washington, to Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, they are abandoned yet courageous and plucky children and teenagers living on the edges of society.
Thieves I’ve Known is a collection of powerful, moving stories about the lives of a redemptive and peculiar cast of young characters who become easy to know and difficult to forget.
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