"Stunning . . .This novel marks the debut of a major talent whose career will bear watching." - Starred review, Publisher's Weekly
"A coming-of-age novel in the grand Romantic tradition, where passions run high, Cupid stalks Psyche and love shares the dance floor with death. . . A lovely, nuanced, never predictable portrait of a creative soul in the throes of becoming." - Washington Post Book World
"Few coming of age novels truly stir one's emotions or lead readers to consider the traumas of their own lives. Edinburgh does both." - Newsday
Fee, a Korean American boy growing up in Maine, inhabits a fantasy world of spirits and heroes. Gifted with a beautiful soprano voice, Fee sings in a professional boys choir. When the choir director's pedophilic urges are directed at Fee, he's unable to save himself, his first love, Peter, or his friends, silent inside of what seems to him an inexplicable complicity and shame. Even after the director is arrested, tried and convicted, the damage of that time spreads outward, consuming Fee and the other boys in acts of increasingly desperate self-destruction.
Years later, when Fee meets a student of his who is the spitting image of Peter, he finds himself finally drawn into a confrontation with the ghosts and demons of his brutal past. There he finds the stories of his youth, in particular, the ones told to him by his Korean grandfather, show him the way out.