Fragile Beasts

Fragile Beasts

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When their hard-drinking, but loving, father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their towna€™s matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boysa€™ story. Candace Jack doesna€™t have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer them a home. Suddenly, the two boys go from living in a small, run-down house on a gravel road to a stately mansion filled with sumptuous furnishings and beautiful artworka€”artwork thata€™s predominantly centered, oddly, on bullfighting. And then therea€™s Miss Jacka€™s real-life bull: Ventiscoa€”a regal, hulking, jet-black beast who roams the land she owns with fiery impudence. Kyle adjusts more easily to the transition. A budding artist, he finds a kindred spirit in Miss Jack. But local baseball hero Klint refuses to warm up to his new benefactress and instead throws himself into his game with a fierceness that troubles his little brother. Klint is not just grieving his fathera€™s death; hea€™s carrying a terrible secret that he has never revealed to anyone. Unbeknownst to the world, Candace Jack has a secret tooa€”a tragic, passionate past in Spain that the boysa€™ presence threatens to reveal as she finds herself caring more for them than she ever believed possible. From the muted, bruised hills of Pennsylvania coal country to the colorful, flamboyant bull rings of southern Spain, Tawni Oa€™Dell takes us on a riveting journey not only between two completely different lands, but also between seemingly incompatible souls, casting us under her narrative spell in which characters and places are rendered with fragile tenderness. From the Hardcover edition.ange wrapping paper is covered with smiling chili peppers wearing Santa hats. Arizona even gets Christmas wrong. I let myself get a little excited as I begin to wonder if Krystal made me anything this year. She used to make me things all the anbsp;...

Title:Fragile Beasts
Author:Tawni O'Dell
Publisher:Crown - 2010-03-23


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