|| "The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face."Thus begins the story of ten-year-old Lori Jean, whose short life and early death are woven into this affecting novel set in the 1950s rural South. Abandoned by her father when she was just five years old, Lori Jean's world consists of a weak-willed mother and an alcoholic stepfather who can't keep a steady job. Yet Lori Jean is filled with the curiosity and hope common to all children.When Lori Jean uncovers her stepfather's secret, everything spins out of control and she pays the ultimate price for what she knows.But through this heart-wrenching story comes surprising tribute to the human heart's ability to heal and love— despite the most difficult circumstances.