Through the Pale Door 

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Winner of the inaugural South Carolina First Novel Prize, sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Finalist for '07 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Award and '09 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Sarah West takes a temporary job at her father's South Carolina steel mill the summer before college, hoping for relief from the chaos of her psychotic and often institutionalized mother. But from the first day of June to the waning days of August, relief is the last thing Sarah finds. Soon after she moves into her separated father's house, tragic news about her mother arrives. The haunting funeral coincides with Sarah's first love affair. Her lover is a fellow mill worker, a teenage vigilante muralist named Edgewood who lives in an abandoned jail on the outskirts of town.

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