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<DIV>Mary Byrd Thornton could understand how a reporter couldn’t resist the story: a nine-year-old boy sexually molested and killed on Mother's Day, 1966. A suspect to whom nothing would stick. A neighborhood riddled with secrets. No one, especially the bungling or complicit authorities, had been able to solve the crime. Now, thirty years later, the reporter’s call will reel a reluctant Mary Byrd from Mississippi back to Virginia where she must confront her family—and, once again, the murder’s irremovable stain of tragedy. <br/><br/>Lisa Howorth’s remarkable <I>Flying Shoes</I> is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of her stepbrother, a front page story in the <I>Washington Post</I>. And yet this is not a crime novel; it is an honest and luminous story of a particular time and place in the South, where even calamitous weather can be a character, everyone has a story, and all are inextricably entwined. With a flamboyant cast, splendid dark humor, a potent sense of history, and a shocking true story at its heart, <I>Flying Shoes</I> is a rich and candid novel from a fresh new voice about family and memory and one woman’s flight from a wounded past.</div>