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The Radiant Valor of the Rough Self
Ace Kennedy is crazy and everyone knows it. Notorious around town for his quiet demeanor and reclusive tendencies, it's only a matter of time before he self-destructs completely. So when the eighteen year old wakes up the morning after his family’s murder with no recollection of the previous night, he can't help but wonder... Did he kill his family? And if he didn't, then who did? In a last-ditch attempt to glean the truth, Ace sets out on a cross-country road trip to trace his parents’ history in the hopes of discovering a reason for their deaths. Passing through cities such as Portland, New Orleans, Charleston, and New York, the further Ace travels, the more about his family's twisted past he uncovers. Intertwined with flashbacks to his life before the murder and tales of his parents’ lost love, The Radiant Valor of the Rough Self forces us to question: what does it mean to know someone? How can we love others if we can never truly know them? And is it better to have loved and to have lost than to never have loved at all?

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